A Radar in Every Car: BMW, Daimler Team for Cheap Radar

May 28, 2009

No one has a crystal ball that holds the future of the auto industry, let alone the future of in-car technology, but two of the industry's biggest innovators have joined forces to help shape the future into one that includes radar in every car - or at least every segment.

A group of suppliers including Bosch, Continental and Infineon have joined forces with BMW and Daimler to help forge new ground in making radar systems affordable. The end goal of the project is to get radar-based driver assistance systems into nearly every car on the road, reports the EE Times.

Radar is already making huge inroads, with Toyota, Ford, Mazda and many other carmakers offering it already or working to bring the tech to market. But it's not easy to do it cheaply.

The project is planned for three years and a budget of €17 million ($23.6 million), allowing the companies to jointly develop mass-production radar sensors capable of covering distances as small as 2in out to about 820ft. With this much range, the radar units can help do everything from parking assist to adaptive cruise control and crash-prediction.

Cars like the BMW 7-Series, Lexus LS and Mercedes Benz S-Class currently feature a number of radar-based technologies, such as the radar-adaptive cruise control and pre-crash brake assist, so it's easy to see how getting this technology to the mass market could dramatically improve safety for everyone on the road.

[EE Times]

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