Key among the upgrades is a new stereo camera that Subaru says significantly improves the accuracy of the EyeSight system’s object recognition ability. The camera features improved color recognition technology combined with an approximately 40 percent increase of viewing angle and visibility distance, expanding visible range, improving object recognition accuracy.
With color recognition for the stereo camera, EyeSight can now detect brake lights of the vehicle ahead or an upcoming red traffic light and link it to the system’s Adaptive Cruise Control, allowing the vehicle to apply the brakes itself if a car in front suddenly slows and the driver doesn’t reach fast enough. The system can also detect lanes, certain street sights, other vehicles, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles and pedestrians.
There are some new functions, too. These include Lane Keep Assist, which automatically adjusts the steering to keep a vehicle in its lane, and Lane Departure Prevention Assist, which can adjust the steering if it senses a vehicle is about to leave the road.
Like many automakers, Subaru sees autonomous driving as the best solution for reduced injuries since it eliminates human error, which research has shown is the main cause of accidents. The new stereo camera, along with added steering assist control features, lays the groundwork for more advanced autonomous driving systems to be implemented in future models, the automaker has confirmed.
The upgraded EyeSight system will start appearing on Subaru models as early as next year.