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DENSO Develops Higher Performance Millimeter-wave Radar

KARIYA, Japan, Nov. 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DENSO Corporation has developed a new and higher-performing millimeter-wave radar that has a longer and wider detection range, which helps improve the responsiveness of an active safety technology, such as Pre-crash Safety (PCS) and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) systems. DENSO's new, multi-zone radar is significantly lower in cost due to an improved material selection and also is approximately the same size as the company's previous model. The new millimeter-wave radar system is available as a factory option on the Mazda6, which launched first in North America and then in Japan, Europe and other regions this past fall.

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"For enhanced performance, in addition to the longer detection range, the radar's wider detection area improves the systems response in lane-intrusion situations," said Ron Schubert, Director Body Control Systems at DENSO International America, Inc. "The wider radar detection is especially important in the United States where we are a nation of multiple lane highways."

Achieving a Higher and Wider Detection AngleDENSO's new radar has a detection distance of 205 meters and a +/- 18 degree detection radius within a distance of 35 meters from the vehicle. This is compared to 151 meters and +/- 10 degrees in the conventional product.

To achieve a longer detection distance, DENSO improved the electronic circuit design in a way that reduces electromagnetic interference that could limit the receiver's detection of reflected radio waves. This allows the sensor to have an enhanced receiving ability for objects at a longer distance. This longer detection range enables ACC-equipped vehicles to maintain a safe and constant distance to the vehicles in front of them – even when traveling at higher speeds. Also, by better positioning the receiving antenna, the radar has a wider detection angle, which improves system responsiveness.

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