Automotive Plc recently sold its one millionth electronically scanning radar
(ESR) globally. That is a key milestone as car makers meet growing customer
demand for new technologies with emphasis on improved safety.
Delphi’s ESR made its debut in 2009 and it set
the standard for long range automotive radar sensors. Key features introduced in this radar
included multi-mode operation, digital beam forming, and a STAR-Pulse Doppler
waveform that resulted in a new level of proficiency. Even with the industry adopting these
features, ESR remains a top-performing sensor in the industry with sales to
eight global automakers, says a Delphi press note.
76GHz, Delphi’s ESR provides substantial range that is competitive with most
similar radar systems on the market.
This milestone for long range forward looking radar adds to the millions
of Advanced Driver Assistance System radars Delphi has delivered to date.
Delphi press note further adds that its portfolio of radar and vision systems
provides layers of protection that intelligently monitor and scan the vehicle’s
internal and external environment. ESR makes it possible to precisely detect
objects in two coverage areas with one radar unit. Delphi’s newest generation of ESRs can scan
200-meters forward for long-range and 60-meters (196 feet) for short-range with
a field of view of20 degrees and 90 degrees respectively. They can also enable
a complete suite of collision avoidance and driver convenience features like
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) for vehicles, pedestrians and animals, as
well as Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC).
safety technology, such as seat belts and airbags, has significantly helped
reduce vehicle fatalities but, despite this, the U.S. still records about six
million accidents per year,” said Beth Schwarting, vice president, Delphi
Electronic Controls. “The goal is to
prevent an accident before it happens and that’s where ESR and many of Delphi’s
other advanced driver assistance systems can help,” she added.
safety technologies sales have increased in the U.S. and Europe as demand for
them has intensified due to consumer acceptance, government regulations and
insurance incentives. The automotive industry is now seeing active safety reach
a tipping point. In the last decade, advanced driver assistance systems have
evolved. The next generation of vehicles will benefit from forward-looking
radar and vision sensing systems. In the near future, these technologies will expand
to include advanced levels of automated driving capabilities.
sensing technologies monitor the surrounding environment and, in conjunction
with workload management, help determine how and when infotainment content can
be delivered to the driver. These same sensors can then off-load driver
functions through driver assistance features like adaptive cruise control and
lane keeping when they are needed.
believe enhanced safety is achieved when the vehicle is able to automatically
take action in critical situations when the driver does not,” said
Schwarting. “This is a first critical
step on the path to automated driving,” she added.
Picture of the Ford Focus. The Ford Focus
has an electronically scanning radar (ESR sensor). Picture courtesy Ford Motor
Company. Picture for representation purpose only.
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