Three new technologies that will make 2015 Subarus even safer
Subaru already has the top safety ratings of any automaker in the world and they are about to get safer. Subaru is a leader in safety and they aren’t satisfied with their past success with their safety ratings. The Japanese automaker is moving forward and will be debuting in Subaru models later this year, three additional technologies that will make the 2015 models even safer. These are not new technologies to the auto industry, but they will be coming to all Subarus starting later this year.
The three new technologies will be blind spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. These new systems will be introduced on Subaru’s 2015 product line-up starting in 2014. Subaru has already achieved IIHS Top Safety Picks for the 2014 models, Legacy, Outback, Forester, Impreza and XV Crosstrek. Subaru is the only automaker in the world with the distinction of earning IIHS Top Safety Pick awards for every model it builds and has done so four consecutive years. How will the 2015 Subaru models be getting even safer?
Blind Spot Detection
Blind Spot Detection is a driver assistance technology that will sense cars coming up in the vehicle’s blind spot and if the turn signal is on, it will alert the driver to stay in their lane. The driver will be warned by a flashing light on the side view mirror of any potential hazard. The alert stays on until the car in the adjacent lane is in the drivers view. Subaru’s BSD uses radar sensors on the side and rear of the car.
Lane Change Assist
Lane Change Assist system warns the driver of a fast approaching vehicle on either side of the car. It only flashes an alert in the side view mirror when the turn signal is engaged. The Subaru Lane Change Assist has a range of up to 230 ft.
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Rear cross traffic alert uses rear facing radar to detect vehicles approaching from behind on either side of the vehicle. This system is ideal such as when backing out of a parking space at the grocery store or mall. The radar sweeps 230 feet on either side of the vehicle to detect an approaching vehicle and triggers a warning light on the dash. The Subaru Rear Cross Traffic Alert can also detect cars up to 23 ft behind the vehicle.
As with any safety system, they should never be used as a substitute for staying alert and aware of potential hazards while behind the wheel. The systems have certain operational limitations, such as when rain or snow obscure the view of the cameras. But these three new technologies will make all 2015 Subarus even safer. Subaru has also announced a new and improved version of its popular EyeSight driver assist system.