Tokyo, November 29, 2017 – Subaru Corporation today announced that the Subaru XV and Impreza models have won the highest five-star overall rating in the 2017 European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) safety performance test.

This follows the April 2017 announcement that the XV and Impreza had won the JNCAP 2016-2017 Grand Prix Award for earning the highest safety score, setting a new score record for the first time in three years.

The Euro NCAP evaluates “Adult Occupant Protection”, “Child Occupant Protection”, “Pedestrian Protection” and “Safety Assist”.

Starting with the 2016 safety performance assessment, a test that checks how well vehicles autonomously detect and prevent collisions with pedestrians has been introduced.

EyeSight equipped Impreza and Subaru XV capable of detecting pedestrians showed good performance in the new test.

This is the sixth time that Subaru has been honored with the prestigious five-star rating from Euro NCAP.

Subaru XV and Impreza models sold in South Africa feature the award-winning EyeSight, driver assist system.

At the core of the technology, and a key point of difference between EyeSight® and other driver assistance systems of similar nature, is the pair of stereo, colour-reading cameras. These are mounted behind the review mirror and they scan the road ahead for unanticipated dangers.

Other systems of a similar nature, make use of either Radar, Lidar or single-camera technology each of which has its shortcomings.

Radar systems have difficulty detecting nearby objects, have a narrow field of vision and low resolution. Light-based LIDAR systems have a short range and only detect vehicles.

Single-camera systems struggle to detect still objects and don’t judge distances as accurately as any of the other systems.

The EyeSight® system offers a full suite of driver assistance systems that are designed to reduce or circumvent collisions caused by driver error and to reduce or circumvent collisions caused by driver fatigue.

The system does this by detecting the presence of vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists and other potential hazards up to 110 metres in front.

Key functionality includes Pre-Collision Braking, Adaptive Cruise control, Pre-Collision throttle management, Lane Departure & Sway warning.