Facial Recognition Delivers Subaru SUV’s Big New Safety Feature

“The biometric technology can also be used to automatically adjust vehicle settings, personalizing them for up to five different drivers of a given vehicle.”

Subaru’s newest vehicle offers an innovative new safety feature: Facial recognition.Facial Recognition Delivers Subaru SUV's Big New Safety Feature

The 2019 Subaru Forester uses the biometric technology to automatically look for signs of fatigue or distraction in the driver’s face. When such signs are identified by the ‘DriverFocus’ system, the car’s software can engage its EyeSight Driver Assist Technology, enabling things like adaptive cruise control, pre-collision breaking, lane assist, and so on, in addition to warning the driver of the danger.

The biometric technology can also be used to automatically adjust vehicle settings, personalizing them for up to five different drivers of a given vehicle. This is a vehicular application of biometric technology that multiple firms have been exploring, though of course fatigue alert systems could ultimately prove more impactful for drivers and passengers alike.

Other key features of the 2019 Subaru Forester include a 2.5-liter Subaru Boxer four-cylinder engine, Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, and a moonroof. DriverFocus is a standard feature of the car’s Touring models; other model types are Sport, Limited, and Premium.

The car is being unveiled at the New York International Auto Show, which began on March 30th and runs until April 8th.