Tested extensively in Australia, the all-new comprehensive EyeSight system will become standard on the 2012 Subaru Liberty 3.6R Premium and 2012 Subaru Outback 3.6R Premium from December 2011.
Subaru Australia managing director, Nick Senior, said EyeSight would be added to other models in the range over time, and admitted one of the key advantages of the system was its simplicity.
“We have plans to roll it out on other models over the next couple of years and before the end of the decade it is likely to be standard across the range,” he said.“It doesn’t rely on combinations of additional complex technologies, such as microwave and radar – it’s a relatively simple stereo camera system, which delivers comparable results to many competitors without a massive price premium.”
Mr Senior said the preventative safety system added to the five-star active and passive systems already offered across the range.
“We are immensely proud that we can introduce this technology on circa $50,000 vehicles,” Mr Senior said.“There are some EyeSight features that have previously only been available on premium priced cars, in some cases, costing up to four times what our vehicles will.“It makes for a compelling safety package, of which insurers will hopefully take note when it comes to premiums.”
EyeSight includes seven key functions:
- Pre-Collision Throttle Management – helps avoid/reduce impact in car park accidents (throttle is inhibited if a wall or vehicle is detected, also helps if Drive is selected instead of Reverse)
- Adaptive Cruise Control – maintains safe distance to ‘lead vehicle’ in front (works across the full speed range and can even bring the car to a stop)
- Pre-Collision Braking – applies the brakes when the driver fails to do so
- Pre-Collision Brake Assist – applies up to 1G of deceleration if the driver fails to brake hard enough
- Lane Departure Warning – alerts the driver is the car is drifting across marked road lines
- Vehicle Sway Warning – alerts the driver if the car starts to sway from one side of the road to the other (potentially due to fatigue)
- Lead Vehicle Start Alert – alerts the driver when the car in front starts to move after being stationary