Subaru expands EyeSight capabilities in JapanAugust 20, 2020
Subaru Corp. In partnership with a Silicon Valley technology company, Xilinx has developed an advanced security system EyeSight with new features, which will be introduced to the Japanese market for the first time.
EyeSight, an advanced stereovision-based driver assistance and safety system, will feature a Xilinx UltraScale multiprocessor system on a chip. This provides the ability to transform stereo images into 3D point clouds with “ultra-low latency and functional safety,” said Willard Too, Xilinx senior director of automotive industry.
“This is really necessary for the EyeSight system to accurately understand and respond to dynamic driving situations,” he said.
Other Xilinx clients include renowned companies such as Daimler, Continental, Magna and Veoneer, as well as startups such as Pony.ai.
Subaru’s EyeSight system has two outward-facing internal cameras located at the top of the windshield, above the rearview mirror, that scan the road ahead for objects, including vehicles and pedestrians.
Subaru introduced EyeSight to the US in 2012. Currently EyeSight in the US includes adaptive cruise control, pre-collision braking, lane departure warning and swing warning, and a range of other driver assistants.
“The stereo camera is the core technology of EyeSight,” said Eiji Shibata, general manager of Subaru’s automated driving and enhanced safety. Shibata noted through that the automaker is improving the system’s object and situation recognition for front and side views.
“This is where the Xilinx feature comes in,” he said. “This allowed us to roughly double our field of view.” With this increase, Subaru was able to add features to EyeSight, starting with the next-generation Levorg station wagon for the Japanese market only.
Advanced standard features are aimed at avoiding collisions that can occur at intersections and in urban environments, such as a head-on collision or a collision with a pedestrian when cornering.
On the highway, the refreshed EyeSight now has active lane change assist, automatic deceleration based on road turn prediction, and automatic driving in busy traffic, Subaru said. However, these features are optional on the Levorg, depending on the trim level of the model, a Subaru spokesman said.
Subaru has updated its EyeSight driver monitoring capabilities to respond to situations such as driver distraction, unintentional acceleration, and loss of consciousness. Shibata said the new features were designed for Japanese roads and driving conditions. The automaker will need to prepare features for other regions, including the US.
“We have an internal schedule and we are developing these products for the US market,” Shibata said. “I believe that in the near future we will be able to introduce this to the US market. However, not all of these features can be implemented as they are on US roads. We want to make sure we develop these features specifically for the US traffic situation and then bring them to the US market when they’re ready. ”
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