The Driver Monitoring System – Driver Focus keeps a watchful eye over the driver to help ensure their attention is focused on the road ahead. Using an infrared LED and a camera, the system monitors the driver for signs of inattention or sleepiness and if detected, warns them to refocus their attention. The innovative system can also recognise up to five individual drivers, memorising their preset preferences and adjusting the cabin environment for both their safety and comfort.
No matter how diligent you are as a driver, distractions can happen at any moment. That’s why Subaru’s revolutionary Driver Monitoring System – Driver Focus keeps a watchful eye over the driver to help ensure their attention is focused on the road ahead. Using an infrared LED and a camera, the system monitors the driver for signs of inattention or sleepiness and if detected, warns them to refocus their attention. The system’s intelligent facial recognition also recognises up to five individual drivers, memorising their preset preferences and adjusting the cabin environment – including climate control, instrument settings and Multi Information Display screen - for both their safety and comfort.
DMS keeps a watchful eye over your gaze and your safety, by monitoring to see if your head is turned away from the road ahead. If the system detects that the driver is not looking at the road ahead, a buzzer and display warning will remind you to bring your focus back to the front, unless the turning signals indicate you are changing direction. When EyeSight® spots a vehicle in front of you, the distraction warning is made sooner to give you more time to react if necessary.
Driving when tired is a bad idea for anyone and sometimes you can be more sleepy than you realise. DMS tracks the driver’s eye activity to calculate two stages of tiredness - drowsy and extremely drowsy. If the driver is recognised as being extremely drowsy or dozing off, a visual and audible warning will alert them. If the vehicle is fitted with a factory fit Satellite Navigation system, the intelligent DMS will mute the audio, so the alert is always clearly heard.
When a registered driver gets behind the wheel and shuts the door, their face unlocks a range of pre-programmed features to make their trip comfortable. The Multi-Function Display (MFD) beams a welcome message and the seat and door mirrors slide into your preferred position. The settings you enjoyed on your last drive will be restored, from the climate control to MFD and MID content – including driver fuel consumption results. Driver preference set up is easy using the MFD via the info switch on the steering wheel.
Road safety is in the hands of the driver, so keeping tabs on their state of alertness is paramount. The DMS will sound an alarm to tell both the driver, and any passengers, when it detects that the driver’s gaze is wandering or their eyes are displaying signs of drowsiness.
Up to five drivers can jump into the driver’s seat, knowing that the DMS has a record of their cabin environment preferences. Once the camera recognises the driver’s face, a range of customised settings take over to adjust the drivers seat position and external mirror positions (models with power drivers seat), and to restore the last used climate control settings, instrument display and Multi-Function Display settings.