Seems that Subarus has no plans on stopping at their EyeSight semi-autonomous driving technology as they celebrate the grand opening of newly built test tracks for advanced driver assist technologies at their Bifuka Proving Ground in Hokkaido, Japan. The new test tracks will push forward the development of future advanced driver assist technologies.
Established back in 1995, the Japanese carmaker has upgraded and added a 4.2 km high-speed circuit that simulates intercity expressways and an urban road course to simulate a two-way traffic road. Subaru has paid great detail in ensuring that the test course(s) simulates real-world driving situations as much as possible, going as far as creating intersections, unclear road markings and so on.
With the aim of becoming the Number One brand in overall safety, Subaru envisions that the new facility will be focused on further developments of its EyeSight technology. Recently, the more advanced EyeSight with Touring Assist was added to the new Levorg and WRX S4 models.
By 2020, Subaru plans to offer an automated lane-changing function with the help of additional equipment such as digital maps, GPS, and radar to the EyeSight stereo camera. The company also aims to expand their EyeSight technology to prevent collisions with vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians at intersections.