Subaru Announces Improvement to EyeSight! According to recent reports, Subaru is rolling out an updated version of its EyeSight safety system this summer in Japan. The update, dubbed “Touring Assist” will provide limited self-driving capabilities on the highway and during low-speed traffic jams. The new function is camera-based, allowing it to automatically steer a car around curves by tracking lane markings and the car ahead. Currently, it will only appear on the Japanese Lavorg wagon and the S4 sedan, a Japanese version of the WRX. The assist still requires a hand on the wheel and will begin making warning sounds if the driver lets go for 10 seconds and eventually the auto-steer function disengages.
Although there are no concrete dates for when Subaru will bring the system to the United States, Tasuku Maruyama, manager of advanced safety design at Subaru hopes to bring the product within 5 years. One of the main reasons for such a long timeline is that tweaks are needed to adjust the system to American roads, which are sometimes very poorly maintained making it harder for cameras to track lane markings. Some U.S. highways also have much sharper curves than the roads in Japan.