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Publication Number: 653005 Rule Parts: 15.253 Publication Date: 10/16/2017
Keyword: Vehicular Radar, Part 95 Subpart M, 15.253

First Category: Equipment Authorization Process *
Second Category: General [Equipment Authorization Process]

Question:  

Is it permitted for sensors certified under either Part 15 or Part 95 Subpart M as vehicular radars to be mounted on and deployed on railroad train locomotives; train cars; monorails or trams; construction vehicles; farming vehicles such as tractors and harvesters; motorcycles; scooters and motorbikes; mobile scissor-lifts and mobile work platforms; and boats and ships operated within territorial waters of the United States?




Answer:  

The FCC recently consolidated the rules for vehicular radar operations at 76-81 GHz into a new Part 95 Subpart M (among other things, replacing prior Section 15.253). While the rules in Parts 15 and 95 do not specifically define vehicles, Sections 15.252, and 15.515 (which specify technical requirements for vehicular radar systems) do permit the use of sensors mounted in terrestrial transportation vehicles.This supports an expanded rather than narrow view of a vehicle, and the new Part 95 rules should be read in a consistent manner.

Therefore, sensors certified under Part 15 and Part 95 Subpart M for use on vehicles can be deployed on railroad train locomotives; train cars; monorails or trams; construction vehicles; farming vehicles such as tractors and harvesters; motorcycles; scooters and motorbikes; mobile scissor-lifts and mobile work platforms; and boats and ships operated within territorial waters of the United States. The overall installation must comply with all the conditions of grant of certification and the relevant technical standards for such operation. It is not necessary to obtain a new grant of certification for approved sensors to be used on different types of vehicles.


 



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