A dog must remain behind the wheel at all times. Well, we’re not sure the permit says that. But we do know that when it comes to dogs and artificial intelligence, pet-friendly Subaru brings its A game.
On February 9, the automaker received a permit to start testing self-driving vehicles on public roads in California. It‘s a far cry from the first automaker to take this step. It joins a group of 21 other companies, including both car manufacturers and tech outfits, to do so. Google and Tesla are prime examples.
Subaru’s been strangely quiet about its self-driving plans until now. But it’s definitely on the forefront of technology with safety systems like EyeSight, which we’re big fans of by the way. In fact, it was one of the first companies to make the technology found in EyeSight package widely available. Subaru now offers it across most of its lineup.
Eyesight is a driver assistance system that uses a set of dual color cameras that scan the road for unanticipated dangers and warn drivers of the dangers. This system also features optimizing cruise control, lane drift warning, and pre-collision braking. Furthermore, the system gets a good backing by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. With Eyesight, every 2016 Subaru model gets the group’s highest Top Safety Pick+ rating.
The advancements made with Eyesight are just the beginning. Moving forward, Subaru will start working on technology that will work at speeds up to 40 mph. One of those will be start and stop technology. No, not for the engine. But tech that will allow the car to monitor traffic and automatically start and stop.
Along with that, it wants to develop tech that will make lane changes and auto-steer on bends and turns. It’s goal is to start adding this type of semi-autonomous tech to its lineup by 2020.
Check out our review of the 2017 Subaru Outback Touring for more on Subaru’s Eyesight system.