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FCC Releases New Airwaves for Vehicle Radar Use

July 14, 2017

Photo courtesy of the FCC via Flickr.
Photo courtesy of the FCC via Flickr.

The Federal Communications Commission said it has expanded the wireless spectrum available for motor vehicle radars used for such safety applications as collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control.

The federal agency’s action expands the current 76-77 GHz spectrum allocation to include the entire 76-81 GHz band and transitions radars out of the 24 GHz band.

“Access to this additional spectrum will enable continued innovation in this space, allowing these radars to better distinguish between objects in areas close to the vehicle,” the FCC said in a released statement. “This action will improve performance for applications such as lane change warnings, blind spot detection, parking aids, ‘stop and follow,’ ‘stop and go,’ autonomous braking, and pedestrian detection.”

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