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Subaru launches new test roads for driver assist technology development

Subaru has unveiled its new test road network which it claims will help it to develop its next-generation of driver assist technologies.

SUBARU HAS REVEALED a series of new test tracks at its Bifuka proving ground, in Hokkaido, Japan for the development of advanced driver assist technologies. Indeed, Subaru said it plans, by 2020, to offer an automated lane-changing function, by bolting on additional functionality including digital maps, GPS, and radar to the EyeSight stereo camera. The company also aims to “develop an EyeSight-based technology that prevents collisions with vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians at intersections”.

The newly unveiled test track will be a central pillar of Subaru’s plan of “becoming the top automotive company for overall safety”. Testing will begin in November on the brand’s new test track. The breakdown of the tracks is:
High-speed circuit:

  • New gentle curves simulating those on motorways
  • New entry and exit lanes, simulating interchanges and service areas on motorways
  • New multi-lane track, simulating a four-lane road
  • New concrete paved road simulating North American freeway surfaces

Urban road course

  • New urban road course, simulating two-way traffic on roads
  • Road forms designed to resemble actual conditions, including intersections with and without turning lanes, guiding zones (pedestrian crossings)
  • A roundabout intersection

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2 Comments

  1. Azmodan
    October 25, 2017 at 9:51 am — Reply

    The best way to assist the driver would be to make a decent engine and improve the low rent interiors in the WRX and STi.

  2. trackdaze
    October 25, 2017 at 11:49 am — Reply

    I think it was Douglas MacArthur that is attributed with saying. No plan survives contact with the enemy.

    Stereotypically They’d be:

    The BMW driver failing to indicate
    The Camry driver merging P&0 cruisliner style
    The P plater behind merging across solid lines and 4lines at once.
    The purple hatchback driver instafacing whilst underover taking.

    Have I covered enough prejudices?

    Non of this is replicatable on a track that looks like it belongs in the backyard of the local kindy.

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