Subaru’s EyeSight driver assist system has been a marvel in the automotive industry. A high-tech driver assist feature that used to be available only on expensive luxury cars has become widespread across the Subaru line-up. Because of EyeSight’s extensive market proliferation, the technology has been able to reduce the number of road accidents. In a 2018 study conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), EyeSight has been able to “cut the rate of likely pedestrian-related insurance claims by 35 percent.” Not only that, but Subaru’s EyeSight has benefits that go beyond safety.
In a traffic-filled Manila, Subaru EyeSight’s Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) is extremely useful. Unlike most ACCs, EyeSight works even down to a full stop. The operation is then resumed by simply pressing the “RES/+” button on the steering wheel. As a result, driving through traffic is a breeze since the car will simply take care of the throttle and brakes automatically. It’s not a self-driving system per se, but no other mass-produced vehicle within a typical Filipino buyer’s budget comes close. This is the feature that most Filipinos seem to desire from EyeSight, because it makes gridlock traffic a breeze.
Speaking with Motor Image Managing Director and Deputy Chairman Glenn Tan, he says that the EyeSight driver assist system has been very popular among consumers across the ASEAN region. As a matter of fact, on models where EyeSight is equipped on certain variants such as the Subaru XV 2.0i-S EyeSight and Subaru Outback 3.6R-S EyeSight, seventy to eight percent of the customers opted for the variant equipped with EyeSight. Glenn Tan also says that the number of customers opting for variants of the XV and Outback without EyeSight has significantly dropped ever since the driver assist technology was introduced.
The all-new Subaru Forester will be launched on January 24, 2019. When asked which variants will be equipped with EyeSight, he says that both the entry-level 2.0i-l and top trim 2.0i-s will benefit from EyeSight. This means that customers do not need to purchase the most expensive trim level just to be able to enjoy the benefits of EyeSight.
With the Subaru EyeSight driver assist technology now making its way into the new Forester, what other Subaru models would you like EyeSight to be fitted in?