Low-cost collision avoidance tech on the horizon for cheaper vehicles?
The company introduced a 77-GHz collision warning radar for the Volkswagen Phaeton eight years ago. It has since developed a 24-GHz system that could be sold at a price point that makes sense for B- and C-segment cars. The lower price does come with a trade-off: the radar is most effective up to 87 miles per hour, and then its efficacy drops off. However, TRW is pitching its unit at the American market, where an 87-mph peak performance threshold would be plenty for the intended class of vehicles.
TRW is in talks now with automakers for a 2013 launch. For the time being, the company is mum on plans to launch in Europe.
[Source: Ward's Auto]
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