Subaru of America has announced the upcoming release of the second generation of its EyeSight system. The driver assistance system will feature improvements like color stereo cameras that provide about a 40 percent longer and wider detection range than in the first system. The new system also detects brake lights, plus it can work with a speed difference between cars of up to 30 mph, versus the previous system’s 19 mph. Expectations for the performance of the new EyeSight system are high, considering the previous system achieved a “Superior” rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which is the highest level attainable.
According to Subaru, its EyeSight system is a tremendous value, being one of the least expensive crash avoidance systems in the automotive industry. The system has been available to consumers in the United States for the past two years. Aside from the IIHS, the system has picked up quite a bit of praise from safety experts. Subaru owners have also sang praises for the system, with 9 out of 10 who have the system and were surveyed saying they would recommend EyeSight to a friend. Over half of the owners who were surveyed also said the system had helped them avoid a collision.
A faster reaction time can be expected by anyone who purchases a Subaru with the next-generation EyeSight system. Two cameras work together to detect potential collisions. Both cameras are mounted at the top of the windshield, with one of each side of the car. The system works with the car’s adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking and the lane departure warning system for comprehensive accident avoidance.