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Although most people know of Subaru as one of the safest automakers in the industry, they haven’t given up on trying to improve their technology yet, and at the Geneva Motor Show Nobuhiko Marakami, the head of Subaru was on record saying that they were hoping to become the number one automaker for safety in the industry. This shows that the company is modest and that they have major goals for improvements in the future. While at the motor show the main highlights were of Subaru’s new Eyesight safety system. The system is designed to make driving even safer and Subaru is hoping that it will help make their vehicles the safest in the industry.
Subaru’s new Eyesight system is designed to help drivers avoid crashing altogether and should offer more proactive protection to drivers. It’s the type of technology that will go from trying to minimize damage done after a crash, and simply tries to get rid of crashing all together.
Already at the Top
Subaru is one of the safest automakers in the industry currently, and they aren’t satisfied with that position. They want to continue improving safety features and to get even farther ahead of competitors. Subaru is the only automaker to receive a Top Safety Pick rating on all their lineup from the IIHS. Not only did the automaker accomplish this impressive feat in the last year, but it’s been doing in for the past five years.
Building on Existing Trust
Even though that Subaru knows they are one of the safest car makers in the auto world, they don’t want to lose the trust they currently have with customers. The best way to maintain trust is to keep producing top level products in the future, and that’s exactly what the automaker plans on doing. They are adding a range of new features to enhance their vehicles, but a great deal of research and development money goes into safety features and improvements and that really shows with all of the awards that the automaker has earned in the past.
Lower Insurance Premiums
If Subaru and other automakers are able to create vehicles that are better at avoiding crashes autonomously there’s a good chance that accident rates will go down and with them insurance premiums. This means that owning a vehicle will be more affordable and owners will be able to enjoy paying less for their cars each month. Not only will insurance rates go down, but car repairs will as well with less collisions to worry about.
Subaru is all set to add their EyeSight safety technology to the 2015 Impreza, as one of their biggest selling vehicles this could be a very smart move. This technology provides a much safer driving experience and dramatically reduces the risk of a collision between you and the driver in front of you.Subaru currently only has an option for their technology in three of their vehicles, the Legacy, the Outback and the Forester. With the inclusion of the Impreza, their lineup becomes safer and more desirable than ever before.
Tapping into the Family Market
Currently people buy Subaru’s because they are known for being able to handle the great outdoors better than most other brands. Most of their models are equipped with powerful all-wheel drive, and they are setup to handle rough driving conditions. Subaru doesn’t want to only be known for their all-wheel drive and great handling, they want to tap into the family market more.
By adding in their powerful EyeSight safety package as an option on one of their most popular family sedans they are hoping to grab a larger chunk of the family market. This tech will make it safer to drive for Impreza drivers than ever before, and for those who want the technology it could be just the reason to decide to go with a Subaru.
Subaru’s EyeSight technology offers a powerful adaptive cruise control system that helps you avoid colliding with drivers in front of you. The car is fitted with a powerful stereo camera that is capable of seeing colors and identifying important cues such as rear lights and brake lights of vehicles ahead. As long as you aren’t driving more than 31 miles per hour faster than the driver in front of you, the car can stop you completely before you run into them, even if you aren’t watching the road.
The system also offers corner-responsive fog lights for all US versions of the car. When the driver is going around a corner the corresponding fog light turns on and illuminates the outside edge of the road, making for safer night driving conditions.
Fuel Efficiency Improvements
On top of the improved safety features available for the Impreza, it also gets better fuel efficiency than previous versions. The upcoming version of the Impreza gets a bump up to 37 MPG on the highway, slightly better than the 36 now offered.
Adding EyeSight technology to the Impreza is likely the first change of many to come, and Subaru is hoping to increase the number of vehicles that they sell with this technology in years to come. Only 10 percent of Subaru buyers in the US pick up this impressive technology, while 76 percent of buyers in Japan opt for it. By making improvements and trying to get the word out about how impressive the tech is they hope to change that in the future.
If you were impressed by it before, you will be surely impressed with Subaru’s next generation EyeSight™ system. The current generation earned the highest rating given by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), superior, when the IIHS conducted its first test of accidence avoidance technology last year. The incoming generation now features color stereo cameras that deliver approximately 40 percent longer and wider detection range, brake light detection and can now fully function when the speed differential between the EyeSight equipped car and another vehicle is up to 30 mph, up from 19 mph.
The new color cameras were developed by Subaru and now functions more smoothly and has a quicker reaction time. The EyeSight system’s housing is now also 15 percent smaller and, similar to the current generation, is mounted on the upper edge of the windshield, reducing potential damage than if it were a bumper-mounted system. The system processes stereo images to identify the vehicles traveling in front, as well as obstacles, traffic lanes and other items. The video information is relayed to the EyeSight computer, which is also networked with the car’s braking system and electronic throttle control. The EyeSight system is also capable of detecting pedestrians in the vehicle’s path and can activate in order to mitigate or even avoid a collision. Under certain circumstances, the system is able to bring the car to a complete stop.
The EyeSight system integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and vehicle lane departure warning. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is intended for freeway use and can maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front, braking or accelerating the car to maintain the driver-selected target and traveling distance. Operating from 1-90 mph, the system can fully bring the vehicle to a stop if the system “locks on” to a vehicle ahead. ACC also assists the driver in stop-and-go traffic by maintaining distance from the vehicles ahead.
The Pre-Collision Braking System can detect vehicles in the car’s path and, if the driver has not applied the brakes, the system can do so to slow the vehicle or bring it to a full stop to help avoid the potential collision. The system can be turned off temporarily for off-road or rough road travel. Lane departure warning monitors traffic lane markers and lines and can detect if the car begins to wander outside the intended lane without a turn signal being used, or begins to sway within the travel lane. Using the turn signal cancels the warning.
Combining safety and convenience features, the Subaru EyeSight system is one of the most affordable crash avoidance technologies available in the U.S. market. On sale for almost two years in the U.S. the system has been widely praised by safety experts and customers. Research shows that nine out of ten Subaru customers who purchased the EyeSight system would recommend it and more than half say the system has helped avoid an accident.
Also debuting in Subaru models later this year are three additional technologies; blind spot detection, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. These new systems will be introduced on Subaru’s product line-up starting in 2014.
Earlier this week, Subaru of America, Inc. announced the debut of its EyeSight™ driver assistance system which will be introduced on the 2013 Subaru Legacy and Outback models at the New York International Auto Show. EyeSight integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning, As well, it features the capability to detect obstacles in front of a parked car and limit potential damage in an impact. EyeSight will subsequently be available on other products in the Subaru line-up and will become available later this year.
The Subaru EyeSight system will be one of the most affordable of such technologies available in the U.S. market. Combining safety and convenience features, EyeSight uses two charged-coupled device (CCD) cameras that are mounted inside the car on the upper edges of the windshield. Such positioning, reduces the potential for damage that could occur in bumper-mounted systems.
The technology processes stereo images to identify the vehicles traveling in front, as well as obstacles, traffic lanes, and other items. The video information is relayed to the EyeSight processor, which is also networked with the car’s braking system and electronic throttle control. At speeds of approximately 19 mph, EyeSight’s Pre-Collision Braking System is capable of detecting pedestrians or other obstacles in the vehicle’s path and is capable of self-activating in order to mitigate or even avoid the collision. Under certain circumstances, EyeSight is able to bring the to a complete stop. Pre-Collision Braking is always on in the background to act like a second set of eyes for the driver. It can also be turned off temporarily for off-road or rough road travel. The system is programmed to recognize objects such as vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
By monitoring traffic lane markers and lines, the Subaru EyeSight system is capable of detecting when a car begins to wander outside the intended lane without a turn signal being used, or if the car begins to sway within the travel lane. Using the turn signal cancels the warning.
On the freeway, EyeSight’s Adaptive Cruise Control system maintains a safe distance from the vehicle in front, braking and/or accelerating the car as needed to maintain the driver-selected target speed and traveling distance. Adaptive Cruise Control is functional from 1-87 mph and can fully brake the vehicle to a stop if the system “locks onto” a vehicle ahead.
Other additional EyeSight benefits include the capability of alerting the driver when the vehicle ahead has moved if they have not reacted within several seconds. The technology can also help reduce collision damage by cutting the throttle when it senses an obstacle in front, but the accelerator pedal continues to be pushed. The system is also effective when a driver shifts into “Drive” inadvertently instead of “Reverse” when backing out of a parking space. The stereo camera design of EyeSight provides a detection angle wider than that of radar-based systems.
It is important to keep in mind that EyeSight is not designed as a substitute for driver diligence and attention on the road. The system may not react in every situation and there may be certain operational limitations such as when weather conditions obscure the view of the cameras. Finally, even with the most advanced technology being used, a driver with good vision and who is paying attention will always be the best safety system available.