A novel radar-chip technology promises to make driving safer. The new technology is based on silicon, which has several advantages over the standard chips using gallium arsenide, benefits from a vast scale of production, thereby keeping manufacturing costs down.
Secondly, the new chips are more capable, which means one or two of them can replace a fistful of the old gallium-arsenide kind.
Finally, their superior performance provides better resolution of objects on the road, making driving a lot safer and less accident-prone.
The long-range radar is also expected to help cars form electronic networks with one another and with the physical environment, leading to a more integrated transportation system.