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Announcing Our New Vehicle Radar Test System (VRTS)

David Hall EuMW 2 - VRTS Announcement.pngDavid Hall announces our Vehicle Radar Testing System (VRTS) at European Microwave Week (EuMW) 2017 in Nuremberg, Germany.

Engineers who test radar sensors or design autonomous vehicles can lower the cost of validation and test of automotive radar and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with our new Vehicle Radar Test System (VRTS), which provides radar obstacle simulation and measurement capabilities.


Our new VRTS: what it is


Our new VRTS is optimal for helping you test technology designed for the connected car and autonomous vehicle. This powerful test system combines our mmWave Radio Head technology, vector signal transceiver (VST) with LabVIEW-programmable FPGA, and application-specific software.


Our new VRTS: what it does


The system, functioning as both a 76–81 GHz vector signal generator/analyzer and an obstacle simulator, can test 76–81 GHz radar technology both as stand-alone radar sensors or as a part of ADAS in a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) environment. It scales from a base configuration that can emulate two obstacles to advanced configurations that can emulate up to four independent obstacles per radio head.


Combined with additional PXI modular instruments, the system can also simulate some of the most advanced sensor fusion environmental scenarios, combining GNSS, radar, cameras, and even lidar.


The VRTS simulates objects with:


  • Minimum obstacle range from about 4 m
  • Distance resolution of about 10 cm
  • Doppler speeds of up to +/- 250 km/hr
  • Custom scenario generation ranging from a pedestrian walking across the street to lane-change driving scenarios

 And it supports a wide range of radar characterization measurements including:


  • Spectrum occupancy
  • Effective isotropic radiated power (EIRP)
  • Phase noise
  • Chirp demodulation

With the VRTS, you can use the same measurement system for both software and hardware design validation and manufacturing test for the radar sensors. 


“We can use the VRTS to configure the industry’s most advanced ADAS test systems to improve the safety and reliability of vehicles,” Konrad Technologies founder and CEO and cofounder of the ADAS Innovation in Test (IIT) Consortium Michael Konrad said. “The advanced synchronization capabilities of PXI combined with the ease of use of LabVIEW allows us to simulate even some of the most advanced sensor fusion environments combining GNSS, radar, cameras and even lidar.”


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Our new VRTS: where to find it


You can find our VRTS through select NI Alliance Partners with automotive radar expertise at Our Alliance Partners can configure advanced radar test systems either for automated production test, laboratory design validation, or software verification with HIL test applications.


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