ITU World Radiocommunication Conference approves spectrum for automotive radar at 79 GHz

Radio-frequency spectrum needed for the operation of short-range high-resolution automotive radar has been allocated in the 79 GHz frequency band at the World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15). It provides a globally harmonized regulatory framework for automotive radar to prevent collisions, which will improve vehicular safety and reduce traffic accidents.

AUTRMWTRadio-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) which met 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. The allocation of spectrum by ITU will now facilitate the development of one of the most significant technologies in support of the global need of reducing road traffic victims.

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.

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