Press release: 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 global need.

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