Target simulator sets new standards for 4-D radar sensors

Automotive test specialist, dSpace claims to set new standards for testing of 4-D radar sensors with the introduction of the dSpace Automotive Radar Test System (DARTS) 9040-G target simulator.

It is believed to be the first simulator worldwide to process multiple radar signals simultaneously with a bandwidth of up to 5GHz. It allows for the reliable and efficient development of high-resolution radar sensors for driver assistance systems and autonomous driving.

To precisely capture driving scenarios, self-driving vehicles must have high-resolution radar sensors that provide detailed information, such as width, height, distance and the speed of objects using a wide field of view. The resolution and signal quality of the DARTS 9040-G supports demanding sensor tests from development to production, and end-to-end from chip design to sensor development to end-of-line testing.

The DARTS 9040-G target simulator simultaneously covers the high frequency range of 76 to 81GHz and has the most compact HF front ends in the world, claims dSpace, making it easy to reposition for new test setups.

Pilot users have verified that the DARTS 9040-G reconciles the two extremes of signal purity of a passive delay line and the flexibility and range of functionality of an electronic radar target simulator, said Dr Andreas Himmler, senior product manager for automotive radar systems at dSpace.

dSpace is continuously expanding its DARTS portfolio in co-operation with its partners, radar specialists ITS and miro·sys.

dSpace provides solutions for developing connected, autonomous, and electrically powered vehicles. Automotive and other manufacturers and their suppliers use the company’s end-to-end solution range to test the software and hardware components of their new vehicles long before a new model is allowed on the road.

As well as being a development partner in vehicle development, engineers also rely on dSpace expertise in aerospace and industrial automation. The portfolio ranges from simulation and validation to engineering and consulting services as well as training and support.

The company has approximately 1,800 employees worldwide and is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany. It has three project centres in Germany and serves customers through regional companies in the USA, the UK, France, Japan, China, and Croatia.

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