Kez Casey | Jun 23, 2017

Subaru has introduced a major update to its EyeSight camera safety system in Japan, adding autonomous cruise control capabilities to the existing safety systems for the Japanese market.

Called Touring Assist, the new function allows automated control of acceleration, steering and braking, with full stop-and-start capabilities.

Designed to reduce driver effort during highway trips, Touring Assist uses forward-facing stereo cameras to monitor the area ahead of the vehicle and can distinguish traffic, pedestrians, lane markings, and detect brake lights.

The system also uses additional sensors for more accurate information which is then processed into a set of corresponding actions.

Although previous versions of EyeSight have offered Lane Tracing Control, that function could only operate at speeds over 60 km/h. Touring Assist builds on that by operating at all speeds and adding automated steering which follows a lead vehicle within a lane for more accurate placement.

Subaru will launch the new system in Japan on the Levorg wagon and WRX S4 but has yet to announce when the system would be made available on other models or for international markets.

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