EyeSight by Subaru may change the way car manufacturers look at automotive safety. The technology does something that air bags can’t: it uses on-board cameras to control your vehicle.
Mounted near the top of the vehicle’s windshield, cameras are used to detect obstacles in front of the vehicle. On the vehicle’s dashboard, drivers are alerted of the impending obstacle so that they can react properly. EyeSight will wait for the driver to respond, and if they don’t, the vehicle will come to a complete stop to avoid collision.
The company released a video to Business Insider showing the technology in action.
The video shows a vehicle approaching a wall with a painted vehicle on it. Gradually reducing speed, the vehicle comes to a complete stop avoiding a possible collision. A great advance in the automotive safety industry, controlled tests only take into account optimal road conditions. A warning is displayed that road conditions may cause the system to operate improperly. Snow and ice are two major concerns.
Currently, the 2015 Subaru Legacy and Outback have been equipped with EyeSight. Both of these vehicles are among the top vehicles in crash-avoidance ratings. The hope is that accident rates will plummet as more vehicles incorporate collision avoidance technologies.
Self-driving vehicles already contain many of these features. These vehicles use sensors and cameras extensively to determine road obstacles. Vehicles are now also equipped with blind spot sensors and alert drivers when they drift into another lane.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety now includes crash avoidance into their rating system. Expect more automakers to start utilizing crash avoidance as a way to further increase driver safety when on the roads. One of the biggest concerns is how these systems will react in environments, such as slick roadways or icy surfaces.