Subaru and Safety?
These may not be two words that you would expect to hear in the same sentence! The manufacturer Subaru usually makes you think of the Impreza and rally racing. Vehicle safety is usually mentioned alongside big manufacturers such as Volvo and Mercedes so here at Rivervale we decided to see what Subaru had to offer to keep all our leasing customers in the know!
Subaru are charging into the safety race, happily pitting themselves against the big players believing their invention EyeSight will make them the market leader for pedestrian and passenger safety by 2020. Sounds promising and means they are head to head with Volvo as in their Volvo Vision 2020 promise they hope no occupant should be killed or seriously injured when driving a new Volvo by 2020.
So what is EyeSight?
As the name suggests Subaru have given us an extra pair of eyes in the car via cameras mounted by the rear-view mirror. These clever cameras can detect road lanes, other vehicles and pedestrians near the car leading to a host of safety features that will use beeps, visual flashes or just take over control to keep you safe:-
Pre-collision braking will alert you to any imminent impact then will apply the full force of the brakes if an emergency situation occurs. It will also override your braking if it senses you are braking too hard or too gently.
Pre-collision throttle control - will detect if there is an object ahead that you may collide with, it then slows the vehicle to limit any impact reducing the need for full emergency braking at the last minute.
Automatic Cruise Control – will maintain your chosen speed for you and will keep you a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
Lane Departure and Sway Warning – EyeSight can sense if you stray out of your lane and will give you handy little alerts to get you back on track!
Have you ever chosen Drive instead of Reverse and ended up bumping the car in front? Don’t worry Eyesight will know and protect you from this embarrassment!
Eyesight is due to launch in 2015 here in Europe at no extra cost in the UK, which gives Subaru an advantage over the other manufacturers who often charge thousands more for safety features. However EyeSight has already been launched in Japan since 2008 and in the US since 2012 so we already know how the technology will work on the road. In Japan the accident rates for new Subaru’s fitted with EyeSight have halved. When equipped with EyeSight the Outback, Forester and Legacy all received the highest safety rating for front crash prevention from the IIHS, so with these safety results no wonder Subaru are ready to take on the safety leaders in the car industry!
EyeSight isn’t all Subaru offer in the name of safety. Your Subaru can have blind spot detection where a flashing light in the wing mirror will let you know the lane isn’t clear, lane change assist that will flash a light in the wing mirror if the indicator is switched on but the lane isn’t cleat and rear cross traffic alert for when you are reversing out of a parking space, an alert will flash on the dashboard to let you know if there is anything around!
So perhaps now Safety and Subaru go hand in hand ?
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19 August 2014
Written by Rivervale