LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released a report detailing the findings from the world's first ever test of collision avoidance system in cars. The Subaru Outback and Legacy, both equipped with Subaru's Eyesight collision avoidance system, took first and second out of 74 cars tested.
Collision avoidance systems represent the cutting edge in safety technology and many auto makers are utilizing them to make their vehicles safer.
Because the technology is new and making rapid leaps in capability, the I.I.H.S. thought it would be beneficial to consumers to rate the popular safety features.
"These systems were science fiction five years ago," said I.I.H.S. spokesman Russ Rader.
Subaru is known for safety, and the company annually scores high in crash test ratings. Subaru Quality Control Engineer Ken Jessee wasn't surprised when the ratings were released. Jessee credits Eyesight's stereoscopic cameras, which are mounted next to the rearview mirror.
"The cameras, being able to see that object in more than one dimension, can sense actually how far away from the vehicle it is and apply the brakes to get you stopped in time," Jessee said.
Many other car companies use radar with with collision avoidance systems. Jesse said radar can be effective in mitigating a crash, but cameras have added benefits.
"Eyesight goes one step further, using stereo cameras so that it can sense an object," Jessee said. "It can sense its size, it can sense its distance from the vehicle and that is what allows us to get that incredible stopping distance."
Rear-end collisions are the most common type of accident in the United States according to the I.I.H.S., so the institute recognized the duty to inform consumers about which systems are the best at avoiding those type of collisions.
Several test cars avoided hitting the targets or lessening the impact speed at 12 and 25 miles per hour, but the Subaru's particularly stood out.
"Two things set the Subaru's apart," Rader said. "First, they were the only vehicles in the group of midsize vehicles we tested that were able to avoid the crash entirely at both test speeds. They also have a system that uses any really far-out technology."
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