11/26/2014 Winter 2014 About the Author New Subaru Safety Features By Tom Salvino, Publisher of Drive Magazine 11/26/2014 Winter 2014 Thirty-five years of driving with no accidents and no citations in New Jersey – the most congested state in the nation – can lead to the conclusion that you’re not a bad driver. Of course, there’s always room for improvement. I learned that recently while driving a 2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i with EyeSight Driver Assist Technology1 and other new safety features. LOOKING AHEAD EyeSight Lane Detection One of the two-lane county roads on my daily commute into Subaru of America headquarters in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, recently was repaved and relined. I’ve driven this road for the past 17 years, and nothing about it has changed other than the addition of a white line on the right side that marks the driving lane. The first day I drove the 2015 Legacy, while rounding some of the curves, the EyeSight Lane Departure Warning started beeping, alerting me that I was driving over that new line, too far to the right. I wasn’t driving unsafely; I was just being sloppy, allowing the car to drift a bit to the right from between the lines. This beeping took place for a couple of days whenever I rounded those curves. It became a bit annoying, but it also caused me to make a conscious effort to slow down a little and stay between the lines. After a few days of being more attentive, the EyeSight warnings stopped. Ultimately, though, they had made me a safer driver. Other new-for-2015 features in the Legacy help raise the level of safety and convenience, too – namely, those found in the Subaru Rear Safety Technology. LOOKING BEHIND (AND TO THE SIDE) Subaru Rear Safety Technology Currently available on 2015 Legacy and Outback models, the Subaru Rear Safety Technology warns drivers of obstacles behind and to the side of the vehicle. Using radar sensors at both sides of the rear bumper, the system helps the driver via Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert features.2 Blind Spot Detection This feature notifies the driver of vehicles that might be traveling in blind spots on either side of the car. An approach indicator light appears on the exterior mirror on the side where that vehicle is located. The indicator light flashes if the driver operates the turn signal to move in that direction. Lane Change Assist Similar to Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist notifies the driver of a vehicle approaching from behind in a neighboring lane at high speed. The indicator light flashes if the driver operates the turn signal to the side of the approaching vehicle. Rear Cross Traffic Alert When driving in reverse (such as backing out of tight parking spots), this feature notifies the driver of vehicles approaching from either side. The approach indicator in the outside mirror flashes, a warning alert sounds, and an icon appears in the Rear-Vision Camera screen. FULLY EQUIPPED EyeSight and the Rear Safety Technology give me added confidence that I could drive 35 more years without an accident or a citation. 1 EyeSight is a Driver Assist Technology which may not operate optimally under all driving conditions. The driver is always responsible for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors such as vehicle maintenance, weather, and road conditions. See Owner’s Manual for complete details on system operations and limitations. Please remember to turn off EyeSight when going through a car wash. 2 Blind Spot Detection, Lane Change Assist and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are systems designed to assist the driver by monitoring the rear and side areas of the vehicle during a lane change or reversing and are not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. EYESIGHT LANE DEPARTURE WARNING EyeSight analyzes the lane markings on the road ahead, including the center line and the shoulder marking. It displays a warning on the instrument panel and sounds a beep when the driver deviates from the marked travel lane. This warning is intended to alert drivers to a potentially dangerous situation caused by crossing from the traveled lane into oncoming traffic or an adjacent lane. The Lane Departure Warning operates when the vehicle is at speeds of more than 32 mph. It will not operate when the turn signal is in use, when the steering wheel is turned significantly, when the brake pedal is depressed, or when the accelerator is fully depressed.