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.

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.

“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.