Mike Stevens | Jun 27, 2011

SUBARU EYESIGHT

On Subaru's stand at this week's Australian International Motor Show, it will be all eyes on the all-new 2012 Impreza, and the impressive XV concept.

That's not all that Subaru has up its sleeve for the Melbourne event however, with the company confirming today that it will show off its new Eyesight crash-avoidance 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.

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.

Subaru Australia MD Nick Senior confirmed today that the carmaker will display an Eyesight-equipped Outback at the event, ahead of the technology's local launch later this year.

“We believe Subaru is the first Japanese brand to offer such a comprehensive camera system and there are some aspects of the technology that have previously only been available in premium cars that are around four times more expensive,” Mr Senior added.

Mr Senior said that the Eyesight system has been a "major success" in Japan, with more than 50 percent of all new Legacy (Liberty) models sold with the optional system.


The Australian International Motor Show opens at 6pm on Friday 1 July and runs through until Sunday 10 July at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Other new models and concepts confirmed for the 2011 AIMS include the 2012 Subaru Impreza, Toyota Prius V and Prius C, the Suzuki Swift S-Concept, the Peugeot 508, the Range Rover Evoque, the Toyota FT-86 II Concept, the 2012 Audi A6 and the 2012 Jaguar XF.

Appearances have also been confirmed for the all-new Lamborghini Aventador, the Lexus LF-Gh concept, the Mazda Shinari concept, and a preview of Australian carmaker JOSS Developments' upcoming JT1 supercar.

Follow TMR's coverage of the 2011 show at our special AIMS-dedicated page, and on our Twitter page.

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