Now that the radar and camera-based safety systems have become common on all kinds of vehicles, car makers are trying to stay ahead of the curve by improving the capabilities of their systems. Subaru, for instance, just announced the launch of a new EyeSight system with 40 percent longer and wider detection range.
The EyeSight system processes stereo images to identify the vehicles traveling in front, as well as obstacles, traffic lanes and other items. The images are then fed to a computer networked with the car’s braking system and electronic throttle control, enabling the system to bring the car to a complete stop, if necessary.
The new Subaru EyeSight system features color stereo cameras with improved brake light detection, and can function with speed differential of up to 30 mph (previously 19 mph). Despite its advantages, the EyeSight remains one of the most affordable crash avoidance technologies available in the U.S. market. What’s more, the new EyeSight camera, mounted inside the car on the upper edge of the windshield, is 15 percent smaller than the previous model.
Subaru Eyesight system integrates adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and vehicle lane departure warning. For 2015, the Japanese car maker is also introducing a host of other advanced safety tech, including Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.