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Caddy Beaming Over Delphi Radar

DETROIT--Delphi Automotive Systems’ Forewarn Radar Back-Up Aid system is being showcased on Cadillac’s Vizon concept car, which is celebrating its worldwide debut at the North American International Auto Show here.

Forewarn uses two radar sensors to provide a rear detection range of six meters--which is three to four times greater than the range of traditional ultrasonic parking aids, according to the company. Distance and speed are used to provide drivers with an audible and/or visual alert, with an increasing frequency the closer the vehicle gets to an object.

“The great benefit of Delphi’s Radar Back-Up Aid system is that it will provide drivers even more distance to react when an object is in the detection zone,” said Jeff Owens, general director of business lines, marketing and portfolio for Delphi Delco Electronics Systems.

Other enhancements and benefits of Delphi’s system include:

• Microwave radar aids in both short- and long-range object detection

• Automatically activates when vehicle is put in reverse

• Detects both stationary and moving objects

• Provides speed-based warning

• Helps to provide increased reaction time

• Reduces risk of bumper damage

• Performs in adverse weather conditions

• Sensors are mounted behind the rear fascia--which allows for sleek styling.

“Delphi’s radar-based system far surpasses the 1.8-meter range of the ultrasonic parking aid,” said Owens. “Drivers want to be able to detect objects behind their vehicles when backing up, and Delphi’s system provides increased reaction time and earlier warning signals.”