Oh, I totally agree that they are not bringing it to the US. I was thinking it was about compliance in other countries. Just a thought as I don't have much knowledge there.
You could very well be right, but I do think it is the next generation eyesight. I think everyone will agree that eyesight X is the next generation and this uses the same front cameras. However, everything we have seen thus far suggests it won't have the 360 cameras. In effect the differences probably won't be huge from a user perspective. Probably slightly better performance with the existing feature set and a few extra safety feature like minor accident avoidance. Here is roughly the same diagram for the Levorg (Eyesight X), the new foreign outback, and the forester. The outback reduced the sensors to only the back and the Forester appears to get rid of them all together. Sad day.
Also, here is the Japanese website talking about the system on the forester. Only real difference I see is some of the accident avoidance.
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Eyesight X uses 4 radar units, along with the upgraded stereo cameras to the front, and the addition of really detailed maps of urban areas for some functions.
|"The EyeSight platform consists of two color stereo cameras mounted on the inside of the Levorg’s windshield near the car’s rearview mirror. The cameras, as well as four external radars, capture images of cars, pedestrians, lane dividers, traffic, etc., which the system then analyzes and, if needed, sends signals to various control systems like steering or brakes to take corrective action "|
the Xylinx processor in the new generation of eyesight cameras has the capacity now to convert and interpret the data from the 4 radar units. The generation 3 cameras couldn't do that in real time.
|In the EyeSight system, the Zynq UltraScale+ MPSoC fuses data from four radar sensors on the Levorg; performs image detection, classification, and perception operations; and delivers that information to the Levorg braking system.|
One advantage of the Xylinx processor, is that they are MPSoC (multiprocessor system on a chip) vs single chip applications, so there is the capability to expand the system over time... meaning, backwards updates expand functionality are possible. Whether subaru actually does this or not is to be seen.
Those pictures show the coverage for radar units on the corners. The rear radar units are available now if you get a Subaru with the lane change assist/blind spot monitoring/rear cross traffic alert. Here is a diagram showing the coverage of the existing SRVD system in the US. Matches that second picture if you add the eyesight camera... this is from the 2015 new technology training doc.
Subaru will bring over new features for the US market as they come available
… they’re still working on things like the speed limit sign recognition for example, so that stuff won’t make it in the first iteration. Likely the forester will get the same thing the outback that was released in australia gets - the improved camera with some extra functionality to start for the US market.
|"Shibata said the new functions were developed for Japanese road and driving conditions. The automaker will need to prepare the functions for other regions, including the U.S.|
“We do have a schedule internally, and we are developing these products for the U.S. market,” Shibata said. “I believe that in the near future, we can bring that to the U.S. market, as well. However, not all these functions can brought as they are to the U.S. roads. We want to make sure that we develop these functions specifically for the U.S. road situation, as well, and then bring them to the U.S. market as they become ready.
“The new stereo camera will be brought to the U.S. market very quickly, but each and every function, which needs the appropriate software development, will be introduced as they become ready one at time, or few at a time, for the U.S. market.”
Even just the cameras would be nice - they almost double the field of view. Some of the capability is the cameras, not the front radar, like the auto braking for pedestrians while turning.... just hope that you can get the same features in all trims - in Japan not all the eyesight features are available in ever trim, although I suspect that may be a difference in having the fancy navigation with the really accurate maps that allow some of that to happen. Not sure though, haven't seen enough information on it yet.
|With the latest version of EyeSight, Subaru has improved the stereo camera, Shibata said.|
“This is where the Xilinx feature comes in,” he said. “That allowed to us roughly double the field of view.”
With that increase, Subaru was able to add features to EyeSight, starting initially with the next-generation Levorg wagon for the Japanese market only.
The enhanced standard capabilities are aimed at preventing collisions that are likely to occur at intersections and in urban environments, such as a head-on crash or a pedestrian being hit while a vehicle turns. .
On the highway, the updated EyeSight now has active lane-change assist, auto deceleration based on road curve prediction and hands-off driving in congested traffic, Subaru says. However, those features are optional equipment on the Levorg, depending on the model’s trim level, a Subaru spokesman said.
Without the front radars the front cross traffic alert isn’t available, still not sure what allows the emergency lane change obstacle avoidance possible… if the front radar units are needed or only the existing rear ones along with the newer camera which has a wider field of view and better resolution.