Subaru has quietly given its Forester crossover-estate a major safety boost by standardising EyeSight active safety technology across the range. The driver-assist tech promises to completely avoid accidents wherever possible.
Using two traffic-reading stereo cameras, Subaru EyeSight is an image recognition system that captures 3D colour footage and then uses advanced software to distinguish cars, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians, lane markings and even road furniture such as signs and bollards.
The system is based around active cruise control functionality, and includes pre-collision braking, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist and pre-collision braking. It can also cleverly smooth traffic flow by detecting when the lead car moves away and priming the vehicle accordingly.
It’s clever tech that works, too: Japanese research shows that cars with EyeSight are involved in an eye-opening 61 percent fewer crashes than those without it. Since 2010, it’s now been fitted to one million cars globally.
Prices of the Forester start from £28,995 for an XE Lineartronic; also part of the October upgrade is a smarter black shark-fin antenna and an upgraded stereo now with DAB as standard.