The European Commission this week adopted a long-awaited decision allocating radio spectrum for a new generation of automotive radar dedicated to driving safety.
This short range radar - or SRR - can be used to alert drivers to avoid collisions as well as to aid parking and avoid blind spots.
This SRR technology is a key element of the commission's eSafety programme, which has the goal of decreasing European traffic fatalities by 50% by 2010.
The EC decision authorizes industry to start preparing production lines immediately. EU Member States are expected to implement national rules for SRR by mid-2005.