Subaru EyeSight safety system makes ASEAN debut

Subaru EyeSight safety system makes ASEAN debut

Subaru’s EyeSight driver assistance technology finally makes its ASEAN debut today at the 2018 Singapore Motor Show, where it is first being introduced in the new Outback and XV.

The system utilises stereo colour cameras mounted near the rearview mirror, which continuously monitor and identify nearby vehicles, obstacles, traffic lanes and other items.

Under the EyeSight umbrella are six functions, the first being Pre-Collision Braking that warns the driver with visual and audio cues. If the driver doesn’t respond, the system can automatically apply the brakes to avoid a collision or mitigate the effects of one.

Subaru EyeSight safety system makes ASEAN debut

Also present is Pre-Collision Throttle Management that prevents accidental acceleration in the wrong direction. If the system sees an obstacle in front of the vehicle, but the driver puts the vehicle in drive instead of reverse, it alerts the driver and cuts the engine output to prevent a frontal collision.

Next up is something that should be familiar – Adaptive Cruise Control – allowing the vehicle to maintain a certain speed and distance from the vehicle in front of it. The EyeSight suite also includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Sway Warning and Lead Vehicle Alert.

The last one prompts the driver to get a move on with a buzzer and flashing indicator when the system sense that traffic has started moving again, after the vehicle had come to a stop.

Subaru EyeSight safety system makes ASEAN debut

“We are thrilled to finally launch the award-winning Subaru EyeSight technology at the 2018 Singapore Motor Show. EyeSight completes Subaru’s core technology pillars to present a wholesome and attractive package for customers who are looking for the highest standards of safety, driving performance and comfort in a car,” said Glenn Tan, MD of Tan Chong International.

According to Japan’s traffic accident research and data analysis centre, the system is effective in reducing the number of accidents. A survey of Subaru vehicles in Japan from 2010 to 2014 revealed there has been a 61% reduction in crashes for vehicles equipped with the EyeSight system.

As mentioned at the start, the system is being introduced at the Singapore Motor Show with the launch of the Outback and XV there. Malaysians who are looking forward to the arrival of EyeSight will need to wait until the second quarter of 2018, when the Outback will be introduced. For now, there’s no word when the XV will get the system.

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  • Jack Chia on Jan 11, 2018 at 10:42 am

    In terms of driver assistance and car safety technology, Subaru is Asia’s equivalent of volvo

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  • Elchino on Jan 11, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Then don’t buy

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  • tkhengong on Jan 11, 2018 at 10:53 am

    This is what I have been waiting for – Subaru Eyesight! A significant upgrade over my current 2016 XV to warrant a change to the new XV. Hope the add-on will not add a significant bump to the XV price.

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  • Not Toyota Fan on Jan 11, 2018 at 11:04 am


    This is WAY ahead of the big 3 (H/T/N) here in ASEAN. Kudos Subaru.

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  • applegreen on Jan 11, 2018 at 11:09 am

    I’m quite confident in 3 years time the facelifted XV 2.0 here in malaysia will get these eyesight and 18inch rims. Hopefully with better/clear 8.0inch centre display too

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    • seancorr (Member) on Jan 11, 2018 at 11:36 am

      Far too slow, they need to bring it in in next year’s model update.

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    • Why need 3 years? Maybe in 3 years’ time, it will be autonomous driving.

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  • 12yrsold on Jan 11, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Wow, the EyeSight umbrella have 6 functions namely:-

    1) Pre-Collision Braking
    2) Pre-Collision Throttle Management
    3) Adaptive Cruise Control
    4) Lane Departure Warning
    5) Lane Sway Warning and
    6) Lead Vehicle Alert.

    The next upgrade:-
    7) will be – Auto Pilot drive me home.
    He he he. Cheers…to Safety Driving All the time.

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  • Roslan on Jan 18, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    Eyesight is a must have feature once you start using it. My Subaru 2016 Crosstrek (US edition) has such a feature and it has saved me once from hitting another car. Glad that it is coming to Malaysia

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  • Hayenadeblue on Jan 30, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    100% rely on cameras? No radar? Not enough for me. If P2 put this in their cars, fine, for starting, but for a known Japanesse brand to rely only on cameras, a big NO especially with ACC. They should add radar for poor light conditions. Driving involves of thousands of different lighting conditions. Look at Tesla, Merc, Volvo, do they only use cameras? No! If the price for LiDar is cheaper, I believe these brands will go for it.

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