Subaru Corp., looking to further strengthen its safety chops, has finished construction of two new test tracks in Japan.
The new additions to automaker's Bifuka Proving Ground in Hokkaido, Japan, were dubbed the "Advanced Driver Assist Technologies Test Tracks." Upgrades were made to the existing test tracks, as well, Subaru said.
A new 2.6-mile high-speed circuit features curves simulating those found on expressways, merging and diverging lanes, a multilane track to simulate a four-lane road and a concrete paved road "simulating North American freeway surfaces," Subaru said.
The other addition, an urban road course, simulates two-way traffic on roads with one lane each way, intersections with and without turning lanes, as well as a roundabout intersection similar to those found in Europe, Subaru noted.
Subaru said the new tracks, "will be used to further accelerate the technological development needed for driver assist technologies as they become increasingly advanced."
Testing at the tracks will begin next month, Subaru said.
Touring Assist, a camera-based function that automatically steers a car around curves, debuted on the Japanese Lavorg wagon and S4 sedan, a Japanese version of the WRX, that have its EyeSight safety system.
Subaru has said it has no concrete timetable for bringing Touring Assist to the U.S., but Tasuku Maruyama, manager of advanced safety design at Subaru, told Automotive News in June that he hopes it will arrive within five years.
In the U.S., Subaru's EyeSight package consisting of adaptive cruise control, a precollision braking system, lane departure and sway warning, and blind spot detection, has become increasingly popular with customers.
For example, EyeSight is found in 40 percent of Impreza sales in the U.S.
Located north of Tokyo, the Bifuka Proving Ground opened in 1995.
Subaru said it invested 3 billion yen ($26.4 million) into the facility for the new tracks.