This goes without saying: driving has become a stressful task.
The excruciating traffic, the frustrating general lack of discipline, and the distracting nature of our roads make driving a job that takes its toll on the one behind the wheel. And we don't have to explain that tired, frustrated, and distracted driver is an unsafe driver.
But there is a technological development that can help alleviate some of that stress; a series of advanced safety features in a car or crossover that can make a big impact by preventing impacts.
That's exactly what Subaru's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is all about.
It's best to think about Subaru EyeSight as a high tech digital copilot. The system gets its name from a pair of stereo cameras mounted on the windshield of your Subaru; yes, EyeSight gives your car another pair of eyes, and with perfect 20/20 vision.
That stereo vision is something that Subaru puts to very good use. EyeSight can monitor what is going on in front of the vehicle. It can see other cars, motorcycles, bicycles, and yes, even pedestrians. Yes, EyeSight sees everything, and in color.
EyeSight uses that information to alert the driver if he or she hasn't reacted so an obstacle in the way, like if the vehicle ahead suddenly slows down or comes to a stop. In traffic, EyeSight will even alert you if the vehicle in front of you already started moving... hopefully before the driver behind you starts honking the horn.
But EyeSight takes the idea even further. The camera system not only monitors traffic but road markings as well. That's right, those cameras actively check if you're staying within your lane, and will alert you if you're getting too close or exceeding the lines. That makes for safer high-speed highway driving.
So yes, that's what EyeSight does... but the list isn't complete yet.
Subaru coupled the capabilities of those cameras and used those to activate a new set of safety features. For instance, if the driver didn't react to a stopped vehicle, EyeSight will activate the Pre-Collision Braking system and bring the Subaru to a quick and complete stop in order to avoid an accident.
Moreover, if the driver is still stepping on the gas pedal in that situation, EyeSight's Pre-Collision Throttle Management will reduce or cut the engine's power in order to prevent or reduce the impact of a crash. According to the IIHS or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, Subaru's EyeSight can reduce the likelihood of a rear-end collision by up to 85%.
Perhaps the best and most convenient trick in Subaru's system is EyeSight Adaptive Cruise Control. When activated on the expressway, a Subaru can easily be driven knowing that it will maintain a safe pre-set distance that the driver can adjust to the vehicle ahead. But, more importantly, EyeSight Adaptive Cruise Control can be used in daily traffic as it has the ability to follow a car at low speeds in urban areas.
Driving every day in our kind of traffic is really a chore, and keeping your focus can be difficult. But with advanced systems such as EyeSight, you can drive your Subaru knowing that you have a real and effective bubble of safety that will help alert you to dangers ahead or even step on the brakes if you don't.
That's the beauty of technology, and you can drive and experience it when you're behind the wheel of selected Subaru models.
Subaru Philippines has made EyeSight Driver Assist Technology is available in select variants of the Impreza, XV, Forester, Levorg, Legacy, and Outback.