Several Subaru models with the Brand’s Eyesight camera technology have received the coveted (IIHS) Insurance Institute for Highway Safety recognition for top marks in safety. The Subaru Legacy, Forester and Outback, with the optional EyeSight technology, garnered the highest standard of safety, 2017 Top Safety Pick+ (TSP+), along with “Good” and “Acceptable” ratings.
The Subaru Legacy, equipped with EyeSight and specific headlights, took one of the highest ratings for the newly introduced headlight evaluations. Meantime, the 2016 Subaru Outback with EyeSight and specific headlights and Forester with EyeSight and specific headlights were the two other Subarus to pick up the IIHS award.
EyeSight achieved a world first in using solely stereo camera technology to provide a driver assist system incorporating features such as adaptive cruise control and pre-collision braking that detects not only cars, but also pedestrians, bicycles, and motorcycles. In Japan, EyeSight-equipped models tested in the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP) preventive safety performance assessment have all received the highest possible rating. Other testing bodies have also rated the system highly, including the European New Car Assessment Program (Euro NCAP), which awarded all of Subaru vehicles equipped with EyeSight the highest possible five-star overall rating in its safety assessment.
A survey by FHI based on data* from Japan’s Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis reveals that Subaru vehicles equipped with the EyeSight system had 61% fewer accidents resulting in injury or death per 10,000 vehicles than those without it. Excluding pedestrians and focusing only on accidents between vehicles, the figures show that Subaru vehicles with EyeSight had 84% fewer rear-end collisions. EyeSight-equipped Subaru models are currently sold in Japan, U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and China, and will continue to be rolled out to other global markets.
Subaru will continue to enhance its primary, active, passive, and pre-collision safety technologies under its “all-around safety” principle, which underpins an “enjoyment and peace of mind” driving experience for all drivers and passengers.
In related news, Subaru announced that cumulative global sales of Subaru models equipped with its EyeSight driver assist system surpassed one million units in November, this year. The one-million mark was reached after eight years and seven months since the system was first launched in Japan in May 2008.
IIHS toughened the criteria for TSP+ to reflect new headlight evaluations launched in 2016. The recognition program is meant to encourage manufacturers to offer state-of-the-art protection for people in crashes, along with features that help drivers avoid crashes in the first place. In addition to good or acceptable headlights, the latter includes automatic braking technology, which has been part of the criteria since 2015.