Driver Monitoring System – Driver Focus1 (DMS)

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.

1. Driver Monitoring System performance and capability dependent on environmental and technical conditions. Refer to Owner’s Manual for full details.

Distraction warning

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.


Dozing/Drowsiness Warning

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.


Facial Recognition

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.

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Driver Monitoring

Driver Monitoring System

Important information:

  • The Driver Monitoring System is a passive safety system designed to alert the driver when it detects that the driver may not be focused on the road ahead.
  • The Driver Monitoring System is intended to assist the driver in maintaining focus on the road in order to reduce the chance of accidents or damage.
  • This system is not designed to support driving while fatigued, while intoxicated or to protect against careless driving when the driver is not paying complete attention to the road ahead.
  • It cannot apply the brakes, or control the vehicle in any way to prevent collisions occurring.
  • In order to work effectively, the Driver Monitoring System requires the vision of its cameras to be unimpeded. Be sure not to impede the view of the cameras in any way.
  • The Driver Monitoring System functionality may be reduced or impeded if the drivers face and eyes are not clearly visible, such as if the driver is wearing a face covering, spectacles or dark or polarised sunglasses.
Driver Monitoring System – Driver Focus (DMS) available on 2020 Subaru Forester 2.5i-L AWD, Forester 2.5i Premium AWD, Forester 2.5i-S AWD and Forester Hybrid AWD variants.

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