Suzuki, Isuzu to adapt Subaru’s EyeSight safety tech

Updated Jan 05, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It’s inexpensive without compromising on vehicle and occupant safety.

The EyeSight driver-assist technology is commonly associated with Subaru vehicles. Now, the safety feature is set to gain wider acceptance as two more Japanese carmakers decide to adopt the technology for their own offerings.

Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Overview

Hitachi Automotive Systems, which developed the technology, has already licensed it to Isuzu by way of the latest mu-X midsize SUV. EyeSight could show up next on the Xbee Kei car by Suzuki, in compliance with the latest government regulations.

Cameras mounted on top of the windshield help the small vehicle monitor road conditions ahead. Equipped with EyeSight technology, the Xbee becomes the first Suzuki model to get a lane-keeping assist feature. Adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, and automatic braking will also be unlocked.

At the core of the EyeSight technology is a pair of high-resolution forward-facing cameras that act much like human eyes, resulting in stereoscopic vision which considerably adds depth and range processing. This allows the car to activate specific safety features in a given situation, such as lane departure warning and automatic emergency braking.

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Isuzu mu-X ADAS

Isuzu has implemented the technology on the new-generation mu-X midsize SUV

Unlike conventional cruise control setups, EyeSight is usable even in heavy urban traffic, automatically engaging as soon as the vehicle moves. Because the system doesn’t need more expensive components such as radar or even LIDAR technology, it enables carmakers to cut down on costs without compromising safety.

Subaru claims that EyeSight-equipped models are involved in less than 61 percent fewer accidents, 85 percent fewer rear-end crashes with injuries and 35 percent fewer pedestrian-related injuries. Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism has mandated that all vehicles within the country’s market be equipped with collision avoidance braking by 2021, and the fastest way to ensure widespread adoption is to make it easier for other carmakers to use the technology.

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Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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