Subaru cars are built to exceed safety expectations and to deliver outstanding capability and reliability in all conditions. Providing the best possible protection and safety performance for you and your family has always been a key priority in the design and development of all Subaru vehicles.
We make some of the safest cars on the road today – Subaru was voted Best Manufacturer for Safety Features for the second year running in the 2020 Driver Power survey, the UK’s number one car ownership poll.
Such is our commitment to the welfare of drivers, passengers, pedestrians and other road users that it’s our publicly stated ambition to eliminate traffic accident deaths involving Subaru vehicles by 2030.
At Subaru, we believe world-class safety is essential, not an optional extra. That’s why our cars feature a host of innovative safety technologies – all fitted as standard.
Our advanced EyeSight driver assist technology is just one of these fully integrated systems.
Advanced safety as standard
Jump behind the wheel of any Subaru SUV, crossover or estate – Forester, Outback, XV or Levorg – and you can be sure that Subaru EyeSight driver assist technology is working every split-second of every journey to keep you and other road users safe.
Wherever you’re heading, EyeSight acts like a second pair of eyes on the road (as well as any pavements or verges) around you – to help keep you informed and protected from potential hazards.
A core piece of active safety technology, EyeSight1 was developed to support Subaru’s all-round approach to safety. An important aspect of this is pre-collision safety – making every effort to ensure an accident never happens in the first place.
How does EyeSight work?
Completely re-engineered with a host of new and advanced functions, the latest version of EyeSight was introduced earlier this year with the launch of all-new Subaru Outback.
This sophisticated technology uses two stereo cameras and a unique artificial intelligence algorithm to capture three-dimensional colour images with excellent image recognition, nearly as capable as the human eye.
More accurate than traditional camera and sensor technologies, it uses images from both cameras to precisely determine shape, speed and distance – meaning it not only detects vehicles, but also motorbikes, bicycles and pedestrians.
When a potential hazard is identified, EyeSight warns the driver and even applies the brakes, if necessary, to help avoid an accident.
Protection and ultimate peace of mind
With excellent safety performance, independently verified by Euro NCAP, Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist technology is designed to give you ultimate peace of mind.
The results of dedicated statistical analysis and drivers’ own real-life experiences speak for themselves.
In a survey2 of Subaru owners:
- 88% said EyeSight was important when deciding to purchase their Subaru.
- 94% said they felt safer when driving, thanks to EyeSight.
- 31% said EyeSight had already prevented accidents.
- 52% said EyeSight was the main reason to recommend Subaru.
Traffic accident researchers3 recorded:
- 61% fewer accidents involving vehicles equipped with EyeSight compared with ones without it.
- 84% fewer rear-end accidents involving vehicles equipped with EyeSight compared with ones without it.
How does EyeSight help?
The latest version of EyeSight comprises a total of nine fully integrated safety systems, which can provide warnings and even braking assistance to help avoid or reduce the severity of a potential collision:
1. Adaptive Cruise Control
Adaptive Cruise Control allows the driver to set vehicle speed and distance to the car in front. It constantly monitors distance and speed then adjusts the engine, transmission and brakes accordingly to maintain speed in line with the traffic flow. Designed for use on motorways and similar roads, Adaptive Cruise Control improves driver comfort and convenience on long drives.
2. Emergency Lane Keep Assist
A stereo camera and rear corner radars monitor oncoming vehicles. If you try to change lanes without noticing that a vehicle in the adjacent lane is approaching, the system sounds a visual and audible alert and will offer gentle steering control.
3. Lane Centering Function
When Adaptive Cruise Control is in use and registering lane markers or a preceding vehicle, Lane Centering holds a driving position near the centre of the lane or assists with steering to keep following the vehicle in front.
4. Lane Sway and Departure Warning
Lane Sway and Departure Warning will alert the driver with a visual and audible warning if the vehicle sways or departs its lane without indicating.
5. Lead Vehicle Start Alert
It’s easy to become distracted when waiting in stationary traffic. EyeSight will prompt the driver to notice that vehicles in front have started moving again, using a buzzer and a flashing indicator.
6. Pre-Collision Braking System
The Pre-Collision Braking System activates visual and audible warnings to alert the driver of a potential collision. If the driver fails to take evasive action, the brakes will be applied automatically to either prevent an accident entirely or reduce the severity of an impact, depending on speed. If the driver brakes but does not apply enough pressure, the system will increase braking force.
7. Pre-Collision Throttle Management
If the car is parked facing an obstacle, EyeSight will give the driver a visual and audible warning if they accidentally select drive instead of reverse. The system will also cut engine output to help avoid a frontal collision.
8. Autonomous Emergency Steering
Autonomous Emergency Steering helps avoid a collision with a vehicle, pedestrian or bicycle by controlling the steering when Pre-Collision Braking alone may not be sufficient.
9. Traffic Sign Recognition & Intelligent Speed Limiter
Automatically recognising speed limit signs, Traffic Sign Recognition displays the applicable limit on the multi-information display, helping to prevent unintended speeding violations. In tandem with Traffic Sign Recognition, Intelligent Speed Limiter automatically restricts vehicle speed to reflect the currently detected limit.
Experience the benefits of EyeSight
Safety is paramount for Subaru and we’d love you to experience our advanced safety technologies in action.
Why not see for yourself the difference that EyeSight can make? Simply book a Subaru test drive in the vehicle of your choice – or speak to your local Subaru dealer if you have any specific questions.
1 EyeSight is a driving support system, which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions or for all objects. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving and observance of traffic regulations.
2 European survey carried out among 3,440 owners of cars equipped with EyeSight.
3 Japanese Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis (ITARDA). Independent calculations by Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., based on data collected between FY 2010 and FY 2014.
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