• Apr 22nd 2010 at 5:31PM
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Volvo may have been one of the first car companies to bring an automatic braking system to the street, but it certainly won't be the last. Subaru just announced it's the New EyeSight – a system that uses two cameras to detect potential collision hazards and stop the vehicle if necessary. The cameras work in conjunction with something Subaru is calling pre-collision braking control. If the cameras detect an object like a pedestrian or car in the vehicle's path, an alarm will sound to alert the driver. If the driver still takes no action, the car will stop itself, potentially avoiding a collision or reducing damage from the impact.

Subaru says that the system will only stop the car if the difference in speed between the two objects is less than 18.5 mph. If the difference is any faster than that, and the New EyeSight system will simply slow the vehicle.

The company also announced a new brake assist system. When the driver applies the brakes in a panic situation, brake-assist equipped cars will add an extra boost to the brake system, hopefully stopping the vehicle before an impact.

Finally, New EyeSight equipped vehicles will also feature adaptive cruise control. Like similar systems from other manufacturers, the Subaru cars will be able to detect the speed of vehicles ahead of it in traffic, and adjust its speed accordingly when the cruise control is active. So far there's no word on how much the New EyeSight system will cost when it hits the market. Japanese customers should be able to order it on Legacy models starting next month. Full details in the press release after the jump.

[Source: Subaru]

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FHI to Introduce the "New EyeSight"
Subaru's Unique Driving Assist System with Advanced Safety Functions

Tokyo, April 22, 2010 - Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI), the maker of Subaru automobiles, today
announced that it successfully completed the development of the "New EyeSight", Subaru's unique driving assist system using stereo camera technology. Based on the current EyeSight system, the safety device was upgraded with new features to improve driving assist functions, automatic braking management system and user-friendliness.

The EyeSight was the first device ever to use stereo camera technology to detect the presence of pedestrians and cyclists. Since its first introduction in May 2008, features available on this system have been highly praised; they included pre-collision braking control and all-speed range adaptive cruise control tracking function.

The new EyeSight has an advanced, safer "Pre-Collision Braking Control" feature that stops the vehicle if it detects the risk of frontal collision, thereby avoiding the collision or reducing collision damage. The
"All-speed range adaptive cruise control system" was also refined. It is now able to stop the car if the vehicle in front is decelerating or stopping unexpectedly. The new features not only expand the range of safety assistance provided to the driver but also reduce risks normally associated with driving in specific
circumstances, especially in slow or congested traffic.

Pre-Collision Braking Control

When the vehicle comes close or very close to a car or an object in front of it, an alarm sets off to warn
the driver of a potential collision hazard. If the speed difference between the driver's vehicle and the
vehicle in front is below 30 km/h, and if there is no action from the driver to slow down or stop its
vehicle, the system will automatically slow down the car or stop the car in order to avoid collision or
reduce collision damage.

If the speed difference between the two moving vehicles is above 30km/h, the system will automatically
reduce the vehicle speed, thereby reducing the risk of collision or collision damage.

Pre-Collision Brake Assist System

When there is a potential risk of frontal collision, the system will also identify sudden braking by the
driver. If detected, it automatically activates the pre-collision brake assist function, thus avoiding
collision or reducing collision damage.

Adaptive Cruise control with all-speed range tracking function

It enables the vehicle to cruise safely on a motorway, keeping the vehicle at a safe distance to the vehicle
in front. In slow traffic or traffic jams, the automatic emergency braking function - stopping the vehicle
and holding it still until the vehicle in front starts moving again - was much improved compared to the
current system.

*Efficiency of these functions may be affected by abnormal road surface, severe or extreme weather and
are subject to the vehicle's condition.

Stereo Camera Image of object detection

Subaru is committed to developing vehicles that provide ultimate safety and peace of mind, under the
development concept of further pursuing Subaru's exciting, reliable, and environmentally responsible
driving. The new Eyesight advanced driver assistance system actively manages various safety functions and further enhances Subaru drivers' all-round safety driving experience. The system will be available on the Legacy models from the middle of May in Japan.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      There is no box around the motorcycle, i am guessing that means the camera does not detect it....
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nope. But the bumper does...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Sorry couldn't help myself Heh heh,

      but just wait till Toyota gets into it and we have the next big recall scam of "Unintended Deceleration". now that could be interesting to see happen, schhrrreeeeech! lmao...

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think it may be backwards, it should only stop if the difference is greater than 18.5mph, no? I'm having a hard time expressing my thoughts, anybody else take the same thing away from this as me?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Its poorly phrased should read more like:

        "...if the difference in speed between the two objects is less than 18.5 mph. If the difference is any GREATER than that, and the New EyeSight system will simply slow the vehicle."

        difference in speed can't also be a measure of speed.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I thought that was weird too. Seems like it should be the opposite.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With a greater speed differential, the amount of braking force it can apply probably won't stop the vehicle's weight within the time and length interval.

        The vehicle's "sight" range for operation is probably such that if the closure rate is more than 18.5 mph, the time taken to sound the alarm, wait for the driver to react, and then intervene itself, and reach full braking force that the system can automatically apply (which may not be as much force as a driver can exert on the brake pedal, magnified by the vacuum boost)...

        That the remaining time to impact at that point, and at that closure speed, will be a shorter amount of time than the vehicle can bring itself to a standing stop, or at least to a net zero speed difference, or a distance-opening negative closure rate.

        This system cannot supersede the laws of physics, it can only try to minimize the forces involved. Sometimes the speed at which trouble occurs exceeds the reaction threshold to avoid it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another dopey idea from a company sliding into mediocrity.

      What's wrong with driver's using their built-in Eye Sight and paying more attention to their environment ?
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't happen, that's what's wrong with it.

        Subaru has never been a big player, they've always been a rather niche brand. Their reliability and awd systems make them very good autox or rallyx cars for the average enthusiast, but they're never going to be huge like Ford or Toyota.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So will it slow you down on autocrosses?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Any idiot that can not SEE so many objects on the road should not be driving. That should be fixed at the local DMV when the person is applying for a license. Simpler than all this bleeding edge technology. Then again, the real morons are at the DMV, never mind.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The point of technology like this is to counter people doing stupid things in vehicles, like rifling through the back seat, putting on makeup, adjusting the radio, etc. People will continue to find ways to get into accidents, and thus the auto manufacturers will continue to develop this type of technology. It's not going away anytime soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty interesting that Subaru is bringing something so high-tech to market. This is a feature i'd expect to see on a 70k BMW, Audi, or a Benz. Aside from the WRX/STI, Subaru's products seem to be behind and/or barely with the times (albeit they novel boxer motors and true AWD systems keep them a notch above the most boring and plain commuter cars. Still I think every single person on their design staff should be fired).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah i've read articles before where they mentioned that the execs at Subaru would very much prefer to compete in the entry level luxury/luxury market...probably for better profit margins if anything. That'd be great if they could release a product worthy of that distinction for reasons other than reaching into the 30k's. Instead they are just bloating their prices on the same boring ugly models. And increasing the size of the models too to silly amounts.

        How I wish that they would adopt design cues from something classy and tasteful like what the europeans make! And its not like they don't put out some aggressive looking cars either.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm glad Subaru is innovating on something, while they make decently engineered cars they are lagging in the market in terms of technology.

      Still waiting on that DI boxer, or hell for either a diesel or hybrid to make it stateside.

      I've give up on innovations in design from these guys though...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I miss the days when the operator/ driver was responsible for car control and not running into things. Oh well I guess that is why a person can still buy a Caterham.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Stop messing with bringing electronics to control brakes, gas and mirrors. They keep adding more and more electronics in the name of safety and eventually that turns out to be the reason for recalls and all the chaos. Next thing you know a malfunction light will come on and the breaks will start pumping on its own and the dealer will charge couple of thousands to fix it.
      People have been driving with manual brakes and gas pedals for so long and it seemed fine to be little alert than relying on these systems.
      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, it's pretty cool (and useful) tech. Who'd a thunk it came from Suby?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Except for those black plastic bits that visually extends the width of the rear glass. That should be body-color, because it's totally killing every view that includes the side glass. I don't get how Jag could screw up a detail like that, because the car would be great otherwise.

        As-is, this car can only be bought in black, so you don't have that random black bit of plastic.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's getting a lot harder to run over pedestrians.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah there goes my high score.
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