ITU approves spectrum for automotive radar

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UN-supported telecom association ITU today said World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) has approved spectrum in the 79 GHz frequency band for automotive radar.

The main benefit will be the improvement in road safety worldwide and prevention of traffic-related fatalities. More than 1.25 million fatalities occur each year on the roads around the world, according to UN data.

The allocation of the 79 GHz frequency for the operation of short-range high-resolution automotive radar provides a harmonized regulatory framework for automotive radar to prevent collisions, which will improve vehicular safety and reduce traffic accidents.

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”, demanded the allocation of the frequency band for automotive radar.

The allocation of spectrum by ITU will now facilitate the development of one of the most significant technologies in support of this global need, said ITU.

“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.

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