OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 21, 2014) - Industry Canada

The radar technology in cars uses radio waves to measure the speed and distance of approaching objects. This technology is being used in the automotive industry to offer features such as adaptive cruise control, which will help drivers avoid collisions thereby making Canadian roads safer.

Industry Minister James Moore today announced changes to Canada's standard on radars, or field disturbance sensors, which will allow the latest safety features to be included in new cars sold in Canada.

Starting in 2015, select cars sold in Canada will be able to incorporate this new radar technology.

The standard aligns with similar rules in the U.S., reducing the administrative burden on automotive manufacturers.

Quick facts

  • Beginning this year, individual manufacturers are planning to add several new advanced vehicle technologies, including full-speed adaptive cruise control, to vehicles assembled in Canada and/or vehicles sold in Canada. Changes to the standard will allow this.
  • This new standard will also allow airports to introduce fixed radar applications that would "sweep" runways for potentially hazardous debris, improving the safety of air travel as well.
  • Major automotive industry stakeholders such as the Global Automakers of Canada and the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association (CVMA) have asked for these changes.


"Our government has a responsibility to ensure the latest auto safety features are available to drivers and Canadian auto manufacturers. Updating this standard is a common-sense move that will benefit the public and the auto industry."

- James Moore, Minister of Industry

"Advanced collision avoidance vehicle technologies have the potential to significantly reduce the number and severity of collisions. We welcome research and innovation towards making our roads safer for Canadians."

- Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport

"Industry Canada's new standard for vehicular radar opens the door for our members to include increasingly advanced automotive technologies in new light-duty vehicles. Collision avoidance systems rely on radar technology to serve as an extra sense for drivers, and this technology will help all Canadians using our roads get to their destinations more safely. Global Automakers of Canada welcomes this move by the Government of Canada."

- David C. Adams, President, Global Automakers of Canada

"CVMA is pleased that RSS-251 provides much needed regulatory certainty. Improved harmonization of technical requirements ensures that advanced vehicle technologies can be offered to Canadian customers at more affordable prices by leveraging North American economies of scale. The standard provides flexibility that will continue to support deployment of advanced vehicle safety systems into new vehicles, such as forward collision alert, adaptive cruise control, collision imminent braking and collision avoidance systems."

- Mark A. Nantais, President, Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association

Related product

RSS-251: Field Disturbance Sensors in the 46.7-46.9 GHz (Vehicular Radar) and 76-77 GHz (Vehicular and Airport Fixed Radar) Bands

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