Vehicle Safety: What is Subaru EyeSight®?

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When it comes to factoring in your needs in a brand-new car, safety should always be on the top of your list. There are multiple factors to consider when determining whether a car is safe. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are some safety features that are deemed the most important for a vehicle. Consider these two questions:

  • What safety features does this car have that will help to avoid an accident in the first place?
  • How does this vehicle protect passengers in the event of a crash?

Evaluating Vehicle Safety

In order to evaluate how safe a vehicle is, you should compare it to the standards set forth by the NHTSA. Below, we put together a checklist of the most important basic safety features for your next vehicle.

·        Seat Belts – Seat belts are considered the most important safety feature in a car, as they keep passengers in their seats, even in accidents, which prevents them from hitting the windshield or dashboard.

·        Anti-lock brakes – This prevents your vehicle’s wheels from locking during sudden braking. This ensures that the car slows down more smoothly and you maintain control of the vehicle, even during a crisis.

·        Electronic Stability Control – This also helps you maintain control of your vehicle, but in this case, it is geared towards when you have to use intense steering maneuvers. Ultimately, this keeps your car from spinning out of control

·        Daytime Running Lights – This turns on your car’s headlights whenever you are driving, enhancing driver visibility.

·        Tire Pressure Monitoring System – This provides a warning when your tire pressure is low.

·        Advanced Air Bag Systems – It’s not enough o just have frontal airbags. These have been standard since 1988 in order to protect the driver and front seat passenger. The more advanced air bag systems provide a balance between the force at which the airbag deploys, and the protection provided to the driver or passenger. It is also important to look for an on/off switch, which could be useful if your vehicle doesn’t have a rear seat row and you are riding with a small child.

·        Backup camera – This is usually displayed on the rearview mirror or in-dash display to assist with backing up the vehicle.

Subaru Knows Safety

Subaru has a lifetime commitment to you and your family’s safety. And that is why they have gone above and beyond when designing vehicle safety features. Subaru created the Subaru EyeSight®, an active safety feature that serves as an extra set of eyes on the road. It is powered by a pair of dual color cameras that use 3D processing in order to prevent accidents. EyeSight® can see other vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, lane markings and brake lights.

Adaptive Cruise Control helps reduce driver’s fatigue and makes long distance drives more comfortable. It also tracks the vehicle in front of you and automatically adjusts your speed to match theirs. EyeSight® can see the road ahead and is able to prevent frontal collisions with Pre-Collision throttle management and Pre-Collision Breaking. The system can see if you are approaching at a dangerous speed and could detect if you are about to make impact. A gentle automatic break will be applied if the driver fails to take immediate action and a heavy automatic break will activate if needed. Lane Keep Assist and Sway Warning is another helpful feature that monitors your position on the road by sending out acoustic and visual warnings when the system detects that you are starting to sway out of your lane.

A few things to note is that the Subaru EyeSight® is a driver assistant and shouldn’t be confused with an automatic driving system. This still means that the driver must remain alert and should never rely on EyeSight® to do the driving. And just like the human eye, EyeSight® cannot perform efficiently under circumstances that are unclear to the human eye. Like unlit roads, heavy rain and thick fog. You also have the option to switch off this feature when needed. For instance, when you are being towed, loading your vehicle onto a carrier, going through a drive-through or carwash.

Subaru EyeSight® Driver Assist Technology comes standard on the these following vehicles:

·        2019 Subaru Forester

·        2019 Subaru Legacy

·        2019 Subaru Outback

·        2019 Subaru Ascent

Subaru EyeSight® technology can also be added onto these following vehicles:

·        2019 Subaru Impreza

·        2019 Subaru Crosstrek

·        2019 Subaru WRX

Stay confident on the road and be sure that the next Subaru you drive features the Subaru EyeSight® Technology. Head on down to your local Long Island Subaru Dealer, South Shore Subaru where you can test-drive a wide variety of SUVs and sedans that are fully equipped with Subaru EyeSight® Technology.


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