Subaru became a leader in advanced driver assistance systems when it announced development of automatic safety features in 2008. Those features arrived as the EyeSight system, first available on the 2013 Legacy and Outback vehicles. The system is designed to warn drivers of an impending front-end collision, and to activate the brakes and stop or slow the vehicle if the driver does not respond. The system has since been upgraded and expanded to most of Subaru’s product line.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety issued a report in 2019 showing that forward collision warning systems with automatic emergency braking — such as the one in the EyeSight suite — could reduce front-end collisions by as much as 50%, and prevented injuries in 56% of such collisions. Other active safety measures also reduced collisions and help prevent injuries.