Subaru Confirms Updated EyeSight Debuting In U.S. For 2015 Model Year

Subaru confirmed today that an updated version of its EyeSight safety system will launch on cars in the U.S. for the 2015 model year. The updated system, which was first announced last fall, will make its way to certain 2015 Subaru models during the course of this year.

The original Subaru EyeSight system debuted on the 2013 Legacy and Outback. It consists of a pair of cameras mounted near the rearview mirror that provide safety features like lane-departure and forward-collision warnings. The updated Subaru system now has color cameras, and those cameras can see obstacles and vehicles up to 40 percent farther away. The new cameras (above) are now 15 percent smaller than the ones on the current cars (pictured below), and have a faster reaction time.

Previously, EyeSight features like forward collision warning and braking only operated when the speed differential between the Subaru and another car was below 19 mph, whereas now it operates at differences of 30 mph. The color cameras can also now detect brake lights, allowing the adaptive cruise control to decelerate sooner.

Subaru also plans to launch three more safety technologies this year. Blind spot warning, lane-change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert functions will all be added to 2015 model-year Subarus throughout this calendar year. The trio of features works thanks to rear-facing radar sensors.

EyeSight is currently available on the 2014 Subaru Forester, Legacy, and Outback. A Subaru representative told us the new version of EyeSight will be available on new 2015 models of those cars as they launch throughout this calendar year. EyeSight will not be offered, however, on the 2015 Subaru WRX or WRX STI.

I have a 2014 Forester with Eyesight that I purchased in Sept 2013. I have a 100-mile daily roundtrip commute, and some 20,000 miles later, I can tell you that I love the system. The adaptive cruise control works great and I use it all the time. If you have a highway drive, unlike stop and go driving, Eyesight is smooth and unobtrusive. It is good in stop and go traffic too, just a tad jerky.
It is amazingly spot on. Someone cuts you off when you are driving 70 mph and slows down in front of you? No worries. The car slows down automatically, then speeds back up to 70mph when the car ahead accelerates. Going around a turn on a single-lane road and you suddenly come across a stopped car which is turning left? Don't worry. Eyesight will brake your car if you don't. Driving home at night after a long day's work, when you are feeling tired? Switch the dynamic cruise control on and concentrate on keeping the car in your lane. The system will ensure you don't crash into the car ahead of you.
Much like when GPS first came out and people said they would not switch to it, and now everyone uses it or at least the map on their phones? Everyone will use a system like Eyesight in ten years' time. I know I won't buy another car now without an effective system like this one. Right now, Subaru's is the best such, by a l-o-n-g mile! Spend the additional $2 grand to get it. It's worth a lot more!!!!

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