Radar tech

Lane change system offers techs a glimpse of the future of repairs

Published:  09 April, 2008

A RADAR system to help drivers stay safe when changing lanes is the latest example of new technology being fitted to modern cars.

/>Hella has recently launched a ‘lane change assistant’ system to be fitted on the new Audi A4. It aims to reduce the danger of drivers not seeing vehicles approaching from the r

/>The system is not currently available to the aftermarket but Hella expects it will be within two or three years. It is the latest indication of the kind of technology garages will have to deal with in the near fut

/>The system is just the latest example of radar technology being fitted to vehicles. Aftermarket recently reported on the increasing use of radar technology on so-called ‘automatic braking’ systems installed on a growing number of premium passenger vehic

/>The lane change assistant permanently monitors lanes adjacent to a car from a speed of 20 mph upwards. It then gives a warning if a vehicle has been detected in the adjacent lane. The driver is alerted via an optical warning in the side mir

/>The system works through two 24-GHz radar sensors on both sides of the car detecting other road-users in the rear and side area of the driver’s vehicle, as well as any vehicles or motorbikes located in the blind s

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