Subaru will debut EyeSight safety system on 2013 models

Subaru Legacy rearAll-encompassing electronic safety blankets are usually Volvo’s thing, but Subaru has put together a system that combines several features into one package. This new system, called EyeSight, will debut at the New York International Auto Show in April.

EyeSight consists of three subsystems: Pre-Collision Braking Control and Collision Mitigation, Lane Departure and Sway Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control. All of these technologies have already been deployed on more expensive cars from Mercedes, Jaguar, Volvo, and others.

Pre-Collision Braking Control and Collision Mitigation (one feature, many names) detects obstacles ahead of the vehicle and can pre-charge the brakes, or apply them if a collision seems imminent. The system works at speeds under 19 mph, where it can bring a car to a complete stop. Above 19 mph, the system will still apply the brakes if an obstacle is detected and the driver takes no evasive action, but it can’t stop a car from those speeds. This is similar in concept to Mercedes’ PRE-SAFE and Volvo’s City Safety.Subaru EyeSight

Lane Departure and Sway Warning monitors the road and warns drivers when they are straying out of their lanes. The Adaptive Cruise Control locks onto the car in front at speeds up to 87 mph and maintains a set following distance. The technology is new to Subaru but has been used in other cars, such as the Jaguar XJ.

EyeSight’s eyes are two stereo cameras mounted in the center upper-edge of the windshield, right above the rearview mirror. Subaru chose this setup because it thought a front bumper-mounted unit would be too easily damaged; Volvo took a similar approach with its City Safety sensors. The cameras can identify obstacles in front of the vehicle, as well as lane markers on either side.

The system can also override the driver. According to Subaru, EyeSight will cut the throttle if it detects an obstacle and the driver continues to push the gas pedal. This may be the first car that is its own backseat driver. Subaru says this could prevent a hapless driver from doing any damage if they accidentally shift into Drive while backing out of a parking spot. If this stirs up fears of future robot overlords, fear not; like HAL 9000, EyeSight can be turned off.

EyeSight packs an impressive number of safety features, but its biggest selling point may be that it is being offered in Subarus instead of Mercedes-Benzs and Volvos. Subaru says the system will be affordable, definitely less than the $2,100 Volvo charges for City Safety. EyeSight will be available on the 2013 Legacy sedan and Outback wagon, which start at $20,000-$24,000.

Product Review

Audi's new A8 is so sophisticated and serene, it practically deletes potholes

The 2019 Audi A8’s outline looks promising: Level 3 autonomous driving capability, haptic-feedback infotainment screens, rear-wheel steering, Matrix LED headlights and OLED taillights, plus a predictive suspension.
Cars

Bored with stock? The best tuner cars are begging to be modified

Modification has been around almost as long as the automobile itself. Here are 25 of the best tuner cars you can find, ranging from American muscle standouts to Japanese drift cars.
Cars

'4WD' or 'AWD'? Which setup is right for you?

Although four-wheel drive (4WD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) are related, they are actually quite different in how they operate. Here, we talk about the fundamental differences between the two systems, and what it means for you as a driver.
Cars

Room to roam: The supersized X7 is unlike any BMW you’ve ever seen

The first-ever BMW X7 is the 7 Series of the SUV world in terms of size, price, and image. Its supersized body has enough room for seven adult passengers and enough tech to impress even the most cutting-edge buyers.
Cars

Lyft has a new fixed-price subscription plan for frequent passengers

Lyft wants you to save money by using rideshare services instead of owning a car. The new Lyft All-Access Plan monthly rideshare trip subscription includes 30 rides a month with a small discount for additional trips.
Cars

Could the next Mazda3 boast a fuel-saving breakthrough in engine tech?

Mazda released a teaser video that likely previews the next Mazda3. Expected to make its global debut at the L.A. auto show, the next 3 will wear a more curvaceous design and offer one of the most advanced engines in the automotive…
Cars

Workhorse takes on diesel with lighter, cheaper NGEN-1000 electric delivery van

Ohio-based Workhorse Group claims its new NGEN-1000 electric delivery van costs the same as a conventional diesel van and can haul a similar amount of cargo. A lower curb weight makes this possible.
Cars

Forget transponders with Peasy’s nationwide pay-as-you-go toll service

Verra Mobility launched Peasy, a consumer highway and bridge toll payment service. Designed to be less hassle than managing traditional transponder or toll tag accounts, Peasy pays tolls as they are levied across most of the U.S.
Cars

Just 10 people will get to put this limited-edition Audi R8 in their garages

The 2018 Audi R8 V10 Plus Competition makes use of Audi's motor sports experience to turn up the performance dial. Decreased weight and increased aerodynamic downforce make this R8 a track monster.
Cars

Porsche’s all-electric Taycan sedan will cost less than a Panamera

Porsche's Mission E concept won't change much as it transitions to a production model named Taycan that's scheduled to arrive in 2019. That means the sedan will keep the sleek design and its 800-volt charging system.
Cars

Tesla keeps promise with more affordable Model 3 with midrange battery pack

Tesla is keeping its promise of making the Model 3 gradually more affordable. The company released a new variant of the car with a mid-range, 260-mile battery option that's priced under the $50,000 mark.
Cars

The snake escapes: Ford’s 700-hp Mustang GT500 slithers online ahead of schedule

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 will return in 2019 with over 700 horsepower, Ford confirmed at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The GT500 will be the most powerful Ford production car ever.
Cars

Volvo plans to face the future without sacrificing its identity

Volvo is embarking on an ambitious push to fill its lineup with electric and hybrid cars, as well as an infotainment partnership with Google. Volvo Americas CEO Anders Gustafsson explains how the Swedish automaker plans to pull that off.
Cars

Volkswagen’s next-generation lights will keep you safer, look good doing it

Volkswagen's new smart LED headlights, called IQ.Light, don't just light up the road in front of you to keep you, other drivers, and pedestrians safe. They also look dang good while doing it.