Subarus will soon have a new pair of traffic eyes that will be demonstrated at the upcoming New York Auto Show.
The EyeSight system uses two cameras to monitor the space in front of the car and calculates the distance to objects, pedestrians other vehicles and lane lines. In the event that the system predicts a collision, it will activate the vehicle’s brakes. At low speeds (<19 mph), the system apparently brakes quickly enough to avoid collisions. At high speeds, the system can’t react fast enough, but braking does help to limit the force of the impact.
EyeSight also sounds an alarm when the vehicle crosses over a traffic line without indicating, a sign that the driver might be falling asleep, or perhaps not obeying traffic etiquette. Plus, once a cruise control setting is set, the car will automatically brake and match the speed of a slower car in the lane ahead and stop the car if the car ahead stops. When leaving a parking space, the system will deactivate the accelerator when it detects an object in its path.
While EyeSight can’t prevent high-speed accidents, reducing speed can go a long way to improving a collision outcome – and low-speed collisions can be quite costly. The technology is set to be introduced in the 2013 Outback and Legacy models, which are at the upper-end of Subaru’s price spectrum, but still affordable in comparison to vehicles by other manufacturers that feature similar technology.