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Three Subaru models equipped with the EyeSight™ driver assist system have been awarded top ratings in a new type of assessment by the Japan New Car Assessment Program (JNCAP).

The Advanced Safety Vehicle-Plus (ASV+) rating was awarded to Japanese domestic specification versions of the Subaru Forester, XV Hybrid and Levorg wagon.

The preventive safety performance assessment is a new measure prompted by the introduction of vehicles equipped with preventive safety technology, to help prevent accidents – such as automatic brakes and Subaru’s EyeSight system. 

The assessment involves testing two parameters: the Autonomous Emergency Braking System (AEBS) and the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), both of which form elements of EyeSight.

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The AEBS test has the car approaching a target (simulated vehicle) between 10-60 km/h, examining how well the preventive safety brakes function. There are two types of tests: one with the target stationary, the other with the target travelling at 20 km/h. Points are awarded for avoiding collision or, if one does occur, the reduction in speed achieved beforehand.

The LDWS test has the car travel at 60 or 70 km/h, examining whether the system emits a warning when the car strays across white lines on the road. The lower the speed at which the warning is emitted, the more points are awarded.

The maximum rating is 40, with points awarded for effectiveness in reducing accidents resulting in death or serious injury, based on the types of accidents occurring in Japan. Any vehicle earning two points or more is designated as an Advanced Safety Vehicle (ASV), and a vehicle earning 12 points or more is designated as an Advanced Safety Vehicle-Plus (ASV+).

Levorg was awarded 40 points, Forester 39.9 and XV Hybrid 39.3, meaning all three won ASV+ designations with distinction.

In Australia, some variants of Forester, Liberty and Outback are equipped with EyeSight, calibrated for local conditions.

For details of the Japanese assessment results, see the NASVA website: http://www.nasva.go.jp/mamoru/en/index.html