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.