New Delhi: Global technology company Continental unveiled a compact radar system for passenger cars on Tuesday for precise detection of the vehicle surroundings.
In place if the 24 Gigahertz (GHz) technology, the new short-range radar operates within high-resolution 77 Gigahertz range which helps in detecting the environment at a much higher resolution and level of accuracy than was previously the case, the company said in a release.
In addition, the company has also enhanced the integration density in the new system. As a result, the individual components of the system, such as the antenna and the radio-frequency (RF) chip, are now housed in a smaller installation space, rendering the sensor even more compact. This, in turn, makes it easier to install the system in the vehicle, even in confined place.
One of the new radar sensors can be positioned at each of the four corners of the vehicle body to ensure almost seamless 360-degree monitoring of the vehicle surroundings.
One of the important fucntion of the radar is Right-Turn Assist system for passenger cars, which makes turning-off significantly safer and provides welcome support for car drivers, especially in the confusing situations that sometimes occur in urban traffic.
The new generation of radar sensors can detect a cyclist approaching from behind the vehicle on the right-hand side. Right-Turn Assist intervenes if the driver wants to turn right when the cyclist is just about to pass along the right-hand side of the vehicle.
Furthermore, this new technology already meets the requirements of the Euro NCAP safety scenarios for 2022 onwards: further improvement in the protection of pedestrians and cyclists. According to an analysis of Continental’s accident research, a Right-Turn Assist system for passenger cars could help prevent five percent of all accidents in which cyclists are killed or seriously injured in Germany and seven percent in Japan (8.5 percent of all accidents involving cyclist fatalities in the US) and a further six percent of accidents in which cyclists suffer minor injuries.
The installation of cornering assistance systems in trucks will be mandatory across the EU for all new vehicle types from 2020 onwards. The figures clearly show just how urgent this regulation is. In Germany alone, 36 percent of all accidents in which a cyclist is killed could be prevented by installing Right-Turn Assist systems in trucks.
The company further added that the seamless and high-resolution monitoring of the vehicle surroundings made possible by Continental’s new 77 GHz short-range radar technology will form the basis for other advanced driver assistance systems in the future – especially in relation to automated and autonomous driving.