Delphi supplies Electronically Scanning Radar to Ford

Delphi and Ford are launching the industry’s first multimode electronically scanning radar (ESR) in the 2010 Ford Taurus, the family sedan segment’s first vehicle to offer an advanced forward collision warning system enabled by the technologically advanced ESR.

Delphi’s multimode electronically scanning radar is helping Ford to offer an affordable adaptive cruise control system that features collision warning with brake support.

The Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system launches in summer 2009 on the 2010 Ford Taurus, Lincoln MKS luxury sedan and Lincoln MKT full-size luxury crossover. The radar uses proven solid state technology with no moving parts and class-leading performance, packaging and durability to help Ford offer consumers an adaptive cruise control system that not only enhances safety and convenience but is affordable to more buyers.

One of the primary challenges in the design of Delphi’s ESR was to combine a wide field of view at mid range with long-range coverage. The ESR provides two measurement modes simultaneously: mid-range that projects 60 meters and provides a 90-degree field of view and long-range that extends 174 meters and provides a 20-degree field of view ahead of the vehicle.

Wide, mid-range coverage not only allows vehicles cutting in from adjacent lanes to be detected but also identifies vehicles and pedestrians across the width of the equipped vehicle, while long-range coverage provides accurate range and speed data with effective object discrimination required to identify up to 64 targets in the vehicle’s path.

Earlier ACC solutions used multiple-beam radars with mechanical scanning or several fixed, overlapping beams to attain the required view. Electronically scanning radar provides improved performance because there are no moving parts as there are with mechanically scanning radars.

In addition, the complete radar module, including electronics and mounting features, is just 173.7 x 90.2 x 49.2 millimeters. This compact package makes it easier to position the sensor on the vehicle without compromising the vehicle’s styling.

See press release here.

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