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HiL Testing Simulation for Radar-Enabled Autonomous Driving

Published: 15 Oct 2021 by

Rohde & Schwarz and Vector Informatik are collaborating on closed-loop scenario testing of automotive radar sensors for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Autonomous Driving (AD). 

Automotice Radar Sensors for Advanced Driver Assistance Systems and Autonomous Driving

Coupling the DYNA4 virtual test drive simulation platform from Vector with the latest Rohde & Schwarz radar moving object stimulation system enables powerful verification of safety-critical ADAS functions. These include emergency braking in an integrated Hardware-in-the-Loop (HiL) environment.

HiL testing is a technique used to accelerate the development of complex real-time embedded systems such as ADAS in situations where using a fully assembled vehicle is not possible or too costly, time-consuming or dangerous. Instead, the operation and behavior of supporting systems are electronically simulated.

The system setup consists of the Vector DYNA4 virtual test drive software, which provides the environment simulation and the user interface for scenario configuration and test execution, and the Rohde & Schwarz radar test system, which generates dynamic artificial objects for the radar sensor under test based on ASAM OSI object lists implemented in the DYNA4 environment simulation software. Vector CANoe receives the radar sensor’s bus output signals with the objects detected by the radar, and the software then analyzes and visualizes them. The detected objects are also compared with the simulated ground truth.

The Rohde & Schwarz radar test system comprises the R&S AREG800A automotive radar echo generator as the digital backend and the R&S QAT100 advanced antenna array as the frontend. The solution opens up a completely new world of possibilities for testing radar-enabled ADAS features and ensures the safety of autonomous driving functions in HiL setups. 

Innovative antenna array technology allows complex artificial objects to be generated for the radar sensors at variable distances and with variable radial velocity, object size and angular direction. Antennas and test equipment do not need be moved physically. A responsive and dedicated HiL interface that conforms to the ASAM open simulation interface specification allows realistic over-the-air stimulation of radar sensors with challenging, complex and even risky driving scenarios. 

In addition to offering standard radar based ADAS feature tests such as adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency breaking scenarios, the system can be easily upgraded to cover advanced test cases. It can grow to meet the complexity of future scenarios – an important step on the way to autonomous driving.

Combining the best of simulation and over-the-air radar stimulation is a significant step forward. The combination accelerates the development of ADAS features and enables users to reliably and realistically test ADAS/AD features and master complex validation processes in a fully controllable and representative environment.

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