New Subaru EyeSight Driver Assistance Goes AI-Based
Subaru has been manufacturing ADAS-equipped vehicles for the past 15 years. In addition, the automaker has a long history of implementing the latest car safety features. Subaru recently reported that its advanced driver-assistance system, EyeSight, will get an upgrade to an AI-based platform in 2025. Read on to discover more about ADAS, Subaru EyeSight, and the advantages of a system based on artificial intelligence.
Understanding advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS)
Human error is the primary cause of nearly every car crash. One way that automakers are using technology to decrease serious collisions is through advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS). Essentially, ADAS is a group of electronic systems that assist with driving and parking functions through sensors. Common ADAS features include adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, traction control, forward collision warning, and blind-spot monitoring.
Most automotive companies have already incorporated ADAS into their vehicles, but they’ve branded their systems with unique names. While safety groups want ADAS uniformly named and recognized across brands, manufacturers have other ideas. In Subaru’s case, the company has branded its ADAS “EyeSight.”
The new Subaru EyeSight will get an AI-based upgrade
Subaru vehicles have long been considered safe. The Japanese automaker began crash-testing its cars in the 1960s. Over the past six decades, it has continued the tradition of prioritizing safety in the manufacturing process. In 2008, Subaru launched its first ADAS system, EyeSight, helping pave the company’s way into automotive safety technology.
Since its launch in 2008, Subaru has constantly evolved EyeSight to make the system as helpful to drivers as possible. According to Automotive News, the system will soon experience another significant shift as Subaru plans to make the next generation AI-based, building upon its stereo camera system.
The AI-based technology is slated to appear in new Subaru models by 2025. This new tech will use artificial intelligence to improve the system’s recognition in hard-to-see weather conditions such as snow-covered roads.
Subaru plans to produce many more EyeSight-equipped vehicles
Subaru EyeSight debuted in 2008 in models sold in Japan. But the system didn’t appear in the United States until 2013. Since then, the automaker has experienced rapid sales.
This past August, Subaru announced it had achieved a milestone, surpassing 5 million EyeSight-equipped models sold stateside. Thomas Doll, the president and CEO of Subaru of America, said, “Accomplishing this milestone reflects our commitment to improving and innovating the safety features and technology in our vehicles year over year.”
Subaru EyeSight and other ADAS have proven beneficial over the past decade, so it will be interesting to see how AI-based systems can make vehicles even safer and easier to operate.