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ITU World Radiocommunication Conference approves
spectrum for automotive radar
Anti-collision mechanism to improve road safety
Geneva, 17 November 2015 – Radio-frequency spectrum needed
for the operation of short-range high-resolution automotive radar has been
allocated in the 79 GHz frequency band. This decision was reached at the World
Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) currently meeting in Geneva from 2 to 27
November. The allocation of the 79 GHz frequency band provides a globally
harmonized regulatory framework for automotive radar to prevent collisions,
which will improve vehicular safety and reduce traffic accidents.
The allocation of the frequency band for automotive radar responds to the
call by the United Nations General Assembly, which observes the third Sunday in
November of each year as a “World
Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims”, which occurred on
Sunday, 15 November. The allocation of spectrum by ITU will now facilitate the
development of one of the most significant technologies in support of this
“The decision to harmonize the 79 GHz frequency band for automotive radar
will allow the automotive industry to deploy anti-collision radar devices
globally,” said ITU Secretary-General Houlin Zhao. “This will contribute a great
deal towards the UN goal to improve road safety worldwide and prevent
ITU is a partner with WHO on the
UN’s Road Safety Collaboration. According to UN data, more
than 1.25 million fatalities occur each year on the roads around the world.
The decision at WRC-15 culminates extensive studies on the spectrum
requirement as well as sharing with incumbent radiocommunication services in the
same frequency band. A workshop on 79 GHz radar, as well as presentations
at the annual symposium on the “The
Future Networked Car”, held annually in conjunction with the Geneva
Auto Show, demonstrated the advances in this technology. The next “Future
Networked Car” is scheduled to take place on 3 March 2016.
- The World Radiocommunication Conference
is in session, 2-27 November at the International Convention Centre Geneva
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