New On-board Safety Technology

EU Commission Gives the Green Light for New On-board Safety Technology
A decisive contribution to accident prevention
Frequency allocation for 24 GHz short-range radar approved
DaimlerChrysler to supply the world’s first units
Stuttgart, Germany / Brussels, January 17, 2005
The European Commission today approved the decision on allocation of the 24 GHz frequency band for automotive short-range radar, thus setting the course for new on-board safety systems. Dr. Thomas Weber, DaimlerChrysler AG Board Member for Research & Technology and Head of Development at the Mercedes Car Group, welcomed this decision: “This is bringing us a decisive step closer to our objective of reducing the incidence of fatal road accidents by 50 percent by the year 2010. In the near future, DaimlerChrysler will be the world’s first manufacturer to implement this safety technology based on 24 GHz short-range radar on board its vehicles. This represents a further significant milestone towards realizing our Vision of Accident-free Driving.”

“Peripheral vision” around the vehicle
The radar sensors register obstacles within a range of 20 meters around the vehicle, thus helping the driver to react in good time before an accident occurs. According to investigations by the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 88 percent of all rear-end accidents are the result either of inattention on the part of the driver or of travelling too closely to the vehicle in front. Short-range radar can help prevent such accidents or reduce their severity. This technology is also suitable for further applications, such as parking or stop-and-go assistants.
With its decision, the European Commission set the course today for application of the 24 GHz frequency band for short-range radar systems on board road vehicles. Implementation into national law is expected to be finalized by the middle of this year. As a member of the industrial consortium SARA (Short-range Automotive Radar frequency Allocation), DaimlerChrysler had been campaigning for frequency regulation in Europe. In the USA, approval was already granted in 2002 by that country’s regulation authorities.

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