dSpace expands radar test with automated validation and calibration

Automatic end of line (EoL) testing from dSpace includes automated validation and calibration of radar sensors. The latest dSpace automotive radar test systems (DARTS) was developed in co-operation with product development specialist, Noffz Technologies. 

The EoL test system is based on the compact antenna test range (CATR) method, which uses a parabolic reflector to generate a plane wavefront. This enables the calibration of sensors with a large far-field distance in a compact set-up which requires only a small footprint compared to conventional direct far-field test systems. 

In the low-reflection absorber chamber, the radar sensor is calibrated with the support of the integrated radar target simulator. This is done in a pre-defined test sequence, during which the radar sensors are rotated around their radiation centre in both the horizontal and vertical directions. 

The test system is suitable for the calibration of modern radar sensors, such as 4D radars and imaging radars.

The small system allows manufacturers to validate and calibrate sensors during production, explained Dr Andreas Himmler, senior product manager for automotive radar solutions at dSpace. 

The company will be presenting the EoL test bench at European Microwave Week (stand 115), at the ExCel Centre, London, UK from 04 to 06 April 2022.

dSpace provides simulation and validation solutions worldwide for developing networked, autonomous and electrically powered vehicles. The company’s products are used by automotive manufacturers and their suppliers to test the software and hardware components in new vehicles before a new model is allowed on the road. As well as vehicle development, engineers use dSpace expertise for aerospace and industrial automation for simulation and validation to engineering and consulting services, training and support. 

dSpace is headquartered in Paderborn, Germany, has three project centres in Germany and serves customers through regional dSpace companies in the USA, the UK, France, Japan, China, Croatia, and South Korea.


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