Automotive Radar Development and Testing

Why Automotive Radar Sensors?

Radar technology is the future of perception and ADAS (advanced driver assistance systems). With the development of autonomous cars and a rise in SAE levels of autonomy, there is more need for both in-cabin and exterior sensing than ever.

 

The transition from 24 GHz to 60 GHz and 79 GHz band has brought about radical changes in mmWave radar parameters, allowing them to outperform camera or lidar systems in numerous scenarios.

 

Besides standalone use, automotive radars are ideal for sensor fusion, ensuring system redundancy and increased reliability.

 

mmWave Radar Advantages

  • All-weather conditions (unaffected by rain, snow, fog, smoke, etc.)
  • All-lighting conditions (bright sunlight, night, etc.)
  • No cleaning or maintenance required (unaffected by dirt or mud)
  • Small, can be discreetly placed under different materials 
  • Safe for humans and animals
  • Temperature resistant
  • Protecting passenger privacy (non-intrusive unlike cameras)
  • On-sensor processing capabilities (no need for an ECU)
  • Low power consumption
  • Affordable cost
 
NOVELIC Automotive Cabin Monitoring Radar Sensor

NOVELIC Automotive Cabin Monitoring Radar Sensor

 

NOVELIC is the largest worldwide independent B2B radar engineering house.

We offer custom-made and ready-to-use radar sensor platforms and solutions for the automotive industry. Our vision is to develop pioneering ADAS and perception solutions that will save lives and provide an outstanding driver and passenger experience.

 

Our Approach:

  • Holistic Automotive Radar Development
  • Customizable Radar Applications
  • Radar Testing and Integration
  • Platform-Agnostic Solutions
  • Innovative Patents and Industry Know-How

Why Choose NOVELIC

NOVELIC holds several patents for mmWave sensor systems, and our engineers leverage this proprietary knowledge to develop high-performance, state-of-the-art radar solutions.

NOVELIC
Automotive Radar Platforms

Interior Monitoring

In-cabin sensing is becoming a quality standard for new generations of vehicles. For instance, Euro NCAP will reward manufacturers who offer child presence detection solutions in their vehicles, starting from 2023.

 

ACAM (Automotive In-cabin Monitoring) is a smart contactless sensor for detection and classification of living beings inside a vehicle. Radar technology enables in-cabin monitoring without invading passenger privacy. ACAM sensor can be equipped with different signal processing software packages to cover a custom selection of in-cabin applications.

ACAM Platform Applications:

  • Child presence detection – detects when a child is left unattended in a parked car
  • Seat occupancy detection – detects the number of seats occupied by humans (baby, child, or adult) and differentiates between living beings and objects
  • Intrusion detection – detects unauthorized vehicle access attempts
  • Respiration rate monitoring – calculates respiratory rate of each and every passenger, unaffected by obstacles such as thick clothes or blankets
  • Life presence detection – real-time detection of humans and pets in the vehicle, ensuring various safety and comfort features
Interior Monitoring Platform

NOVELIC Interior Monitoring Platform Features

 

Gesture Control

Automotive gesture control solutions enable drivers and passengers to interact with the vehicle by issuing commands through body gestures. Contactless control reduces the risk of accidents caused by distracted driving.

 

AGERA (Automotive Gesture Radar) is an advanced automotive mmWave radar solution that enables contactless control by detecting and interpreting predefined body gestures both in-cabin and around the vehicle. Data is processed within the sensor module, so there is no need for a dedicated ECU. The power-saving mode saves battery when the car is parked for a long time.​ 

AGERA Platform Applications:

  • Kick sensor – hands-free tailgate opening function
  • Door and tailgate collision avoidance – detecting nearby obstacles to prevent collision
  • In-cabin gesture detection – detecting custom gestures/gesture sequences for contactless control of the sunroof, windows, doors, infotainment, etc.

Short-Range ADAS Functions

ASPER (360-Degree Short-range Perception) is an extended sensor system providing parking assistance and extended visibility. This solution enables 360-degree environment perception in the vehicle’s proximity, with highly reliable pedestrian detection and tracking capabilities. The detection range can be set between 0 cm and 40 meters in accordance with the client’s needs. Software modules can be combined to support desired applications, and software upgrades are available OTA (over-the-air).

ASPER Platform Applications:

  • Parking sensor – advanced parking assistance features
  • Blind spot detection – real-time detection of approaching vehicles
  • City brake – frontal collision avoidance at low speeds in traffic congestion
  • Autonomous parking assistance – parking spot detection and automated steering
Extended Parking Assistance System Testing

NOVELIC Extended Parking Assistance System Testing

 

Imaging Radar Platforms

Imaging radars are the basis for cutting-edge automotive sensing solutions with high-resolution visualization of the vehicle’s surroundings.

NOVELIC offers a highly programmable and configurable platform for ultra-high throughput of raw data streams from imaging radars. We provide full support in all aspects of specification, design, and development for modular imaging radar platforms with a variable number of transceivers. Our engineering teams have expertise in developing state-of-the-art RF boards and antenna design architecture.

 

Automotive Radar Development –
Project Roadmap

We deliver custom-made automotive radar solutions built upon NOVELIC platforms, leveraging our engineering competencies to develop a product from concept to industrialization.

 
Automotive radar development project roadmap

 

Automotive Radar Software
Development

NOVELIC provides automotive radar software development and testing and offers supporting services throughout the SDLC (software development lifecycle). Our software solutions are compliant with automotive industry standards.

 

Automotive Radar Software Development Services

  • Radar software development, testing, and validation
  • MISRA-C support (guideline implementation, toolchain optimization, code compliance adaptation)
  • AUTOSAR support (ECU basic module development, MCAL layer development, platform migration support)
  • Communication protocol support development (CAN, Lin, FlexRay)
  • ISO 26262 functional safety support for unit and module testing
  • AI-based automotive radar annotation solutions
  • Development of machine learning models for object classification optimization
  • Algorithm development (machine learning and traditional)
  • Radar signal processing

 

automotive radar software development

 

NISSAR – NOVELIC Custom Radar Software Platform 

Radar DSP Function Library

NISSAR is a comprehensive library of radar DSP functions enabling rapid prototyping and development of radar solutions. The architecture provides continuous integration, testing framework, and code analysis capabilities aiming to improve code quality. We offer NISSAR as a platform for clients’ internal radar projects, or as part of our full-scope radar development.

NISSAR Platform Benefits:

  • Faster SDLC and TTM (time-to-market)
  • AUTOSAR compliance on request
  • Platform-agnostic after minor modifications
  • Architecture portable to various modern radar processing platforms
 
NISSAR Automotive Radar Controller Software

NISSAR Radar Controller Software

 

Automotive Radar Hardware
Development

 

NOVELIC holds IP rights for high-gain mmWave planar antenna structures featuring planar feed and high-tolerance robustness. We utilize this knowledge to develop high-performance radar systems and offer development support for every phase of the process.

NOVELIC 79 GHz Automotive Radar Sensor with Advanced Antenna Design

NOVELIC 79 GHz Sensor with Advanced Antenna Design

 

Automotive Radar Hardware Development Services

  • Full-scope hardware development for 24, 60, and 79 GHz radars
  • Custom antenna design with up to 30 dBi gain depending on frequency band
  • Radar module development and integration
  • Hardware testing with field testing capabilities
  • Radar characterization
  • Functional, electrical, and environmental hardware validation
  • FMEA services (high-level and low-level design)
  • EMC validation (setup design, measurement, reporting, and debugging)
  • Diverse supporting services (PCB design, schematic design, derating analysis, conformance testing, compliance matrix, component management, hardware/software integration, etc.)
  • ISO-9001/IATF 16949 compliant documentation

Radar Development Project
Example

Exterior 79 GHz Radar for Road Equipment

Development, validation, and industrialization of an exterior FMCW MIMO radar for a road equipment OEM. This was a 40-month APQP-compliant process covering requirements, planning, A and B sample development, design validation with field testing, process development, and validation.

  • OTA software update via CAN
  • SAE J1939 standard conformance
  • Ingress protection IP69
  • Signaling rate <100 ms

Brief Overview

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Highly Customizable Solutions

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Pioneering Projects Leveraging NOVELIC IP