Although it won't be hitting the streets here for another year or more, Subaru has taken the wraps off of a new and even more sophisticated version of the current EyeSight driver-assist package (pictured here) that's now offered on its Legacy, Outback and Forester lines. Developed by a team at Subie's parent company, Fuji Heavy Industries, the Gen II EyeSight package adds color-recognition capability to the twin stereo cameras that form the heart of the system and also gains Active Lane Keep functionality. Both of those upgrades will benefit its future suitability for both conventional and autonomous vehicle applications. Subaru plans to introduce this improved EyeSight setup in Japan during 2014. It's expected to start appearing in other markets, including the U.S. shortly thereafter.
In addition to being able to distinguish color - the better to identify brake lights and traffic signals - the cameras in the new EyeSight system also boast 40-percent wider viewing angles with a similarly improved range-sensing potential and are more effective at recognizing pedestrians and bicyclists as well as other vehicles. Now more fully integrated with the Adaptive Cruise Control, they help increase the efficacy of all current EyeSight system functions -- including Lane Departure and Lane Sway Warning - while adding two new "active" ones that incorporate automated steering input compensation: Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Prevention Assist.
The comprehensive recasting of Subaru's upcoming EyeSight system also sets even higher operational speed limits for its Pre-Collision Braking Control and Pre-Collision Brake Assist functions. Finally, the second-generation package adds Hazard Avoidance Assist and complements the existing Pre-Collision Throttle Management system with a new Pre-Collision Reverse Throttle Management function that also restricts engine output when it senses a potential crash, in this case by using input supplied by the car's rearview camera to make that determination.
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