Study Recognizes Subaru EyeSight for Reducing Pedestrian-Involved Collisions

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The Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) recently conducted a study into the reduced rate of pedestrian-related insurance claims. The study determined that Subaru’s EyeSight driver-assist system reduced the rate of pedestrian-involved collision based insurance claims by 35%.

The Study

The IIHS found in 2016 that collisions involving pedestrians accounted for 16% of all auto collision fatalities, which was an increase of 46% since 2009. The original study concluded that an increase of urban and suburban areas without safe crossing locations were to blame, as a result of busy roads designed to funnel traffic toward highways. To determine the effect that the system has on pedestrian-involved collisions, the study looked at bodily injury liability claims filed that did not include an associated claim for vehicle damage, as these claims have been found to typically represent injured pedestrians or cyclists.

In the recent study, the HLDI separated out first-generation EyeSights and second-generation EyeSights results for the Legacy, Outback, and Forester. The first-generation EyeSight systems, which became available first in the 2013 model year and used black-and-white cameras. They compared the first models these systems were available in models without the system, and they were found to reduce the rate of claims by 33%. The second generation EyeSight systems were introduced in 2015, and when compared to the previous models without the EyeSight, they found to reduce the rate of collisions by 41%.

Subaru’s EyeSight System

The Subaru EyeSight system is a suite of driver assistive safety features. Features include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lead vehicle start alert. The system also features a pedestrian detection system, which will slow your car to a stop automatically when pedestrians or other vehicles are detected.

The EyeSight system works with two cameras, one mounted on the interior behind the windshield, and a camera and sensor in the front of the vehicle to detect oncoming traffic and pedestrians.

For more information on the Subaru EyeSight systems, and how Subaru keeps you safe on the road, visit Subaru of Niagara today!