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Examples, which each operate in a slightly different way, go by a number of different names, including the following:
That system from the Lincoln models is also available in the 2010 and 2011 Ford Taurus—making it the only non-luxury application of the technology. But even a loaded Taurus with that system costs thousands more than the average price of a new car—between $25k and $30k.
Fast is, so far, such systems have largely been the realm of the wealthy.
Supplier TRW Automotive plans to introduce a lower-frequency—and lower-cost—version of its radar technology that will be deployed in more affordable vehicles, especially those for the North American market.
The systems, which are also to be launched in 2013 in the European market, are only good up to about 87 mph, Ward's reported, which would make them ideally suited to the U.S. market and lower-cost cars.