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Subaru to offer high-tech EyeSight safety features on the 2013 Legacy, Outback

Consumer Reports News: March 16, 2012 03:38 PM

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Subaru will offer EyeSight on its 2013 Legacy and Outback, giving these midsized models a portfolio of modern safety features. The EyeSight technology suite includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, and vehicle lane departure warning, all informed by two cameras mounted on the inside of the windshield.

By placing the cameras within the car (flanking the rearview mirror), rather than using radar or other sensors mounted in the front of the car, Subaru points to potential savings in a crash--the exact activity the system will hopefully avoid. The two cameras provide a stereo image, enabling the computer to assess movement and proximity to potential dangers. Under 19 mph, the system can reportedly sense pedestrians and can adjust throttle and braking accordingly, if the driver is judged not to be taking proper action.

The technology will spread to other Subaru models in the future, and it may further cement the automaker's impressive safety record and reputation. In our experience, such technologies have promise, but their effectiveness varies.

No price has been announced, but Subaru describes their technology as being cost effective. It will have to be in order to be effectively applied to the company's small cars and SUVs.

With this addition, Subaru is introducing features more commonly associated with premium cars to more mainstream models. Sounding like a Sony PlayStation accessory, EyeSight helps catch Subaru up in a technology area that it has not dabbled in until now. Could a smart-phone-friendly infotainment system be far away?

Check out the video below for our take on the latest safety systems and which ones to consider for your next vehicle purchase.

Visit our car safety special section.

Jeff Bartlett

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