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Mike Stevens | Mar 2, 2011

SUBARU EYESIGHT

Subaru Australia has announced today that its Liberty and Outback models will get a significant safety boost later this year, with the addition of Subaru's EyeSight safety technology.

Featuring a compact unit of small stereo cameras located near the rear-view mirror, Subaru EyeSight is a driver assistance system that triggers a number of advanced active, passive and preventative systems when a hazard is detected.

In a coup for Subaru Australia, ours will be the first market outside of Japan to benefit from the technology.

“We will introduce EyeSight as a standard feature in some Liberty and Outback models later this year," Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior said.

“EyeSight has been a major success in Japan, where more than 50 per cent of Liberty models are now sold with the system.”

Similar to Volvo's CitySafe technology, the EyeSight system is designed to help drivers avoid frontal collisions, lane drifting and low-speed impacts, "locking on" to vehicles in front and adjusting speed to maintain a safe distance.

Along with recognising pedestrians, motorcycles and cyclists, the system can also bring the vehicle to a complete stop if the speed is less than 30km/h.

 

The system includes seven key functions:

  • Pre-crash braking – applies the brakes when a vehicle ahead is detected slowing or stopping suddenly (and the driver has failed to apply the brakes).
  • Pre-crash brake assist – if the system determines that a collision is highly likely and the driver applies the brakes, the system can generate 1G maximum deceleration to help reduce impact or damage.
  • Progressive Start Control – if a driver accidentally applies full throttle close to a barrier or large object situated in front of the car (such as a car park wall or vehicle immediately ahead at close range), EyeSight inhibits the throttle opening, helping minimise or potentially avoid impact.
  • Adaptive Cruise control – is designed to maintain a safe distance from the ‘target’ car in front irrespective of the varying speed of that vehicle.
  • Lane Departure Warning - alerts the driver if the system determines that the car is drifting across clearly marked lanes.
  • Vehicle Sway Warning - alerts the driver if the car starts to sway from one side of the road to another, which may occur with fatigue.
  • Progressive Motion Monitor - when the EyeSight-equipped vehicle is stopped and the vehicle in front starts to move, the driver receives an audible reminder and information display indicator notifying them that the vehicle in front has moved.

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