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DARTS 9018-D

Modular radio frequency test system for automotive radar sensors

The precise testing of radar sensors and applications is a critical requirement in development, production, quality assurance, and maintenance. The dSPACE Automotive Radar Test System (DARTS) 9018-D enables easy-to-use but very realistic over-the-air tests. This is done by simulating radar echoes of objects in road traffic with a programmable distance, speed, and size.

The dSPACE Automotive Radar Test System (DARTS) 9018-D is an industry-proven radar echo simulator for testing radar sensors used in civilian vehicles. It supports clearly definable, reproducible test scenarios in the laboratory. The radar test system is based on a modular and scalable approach: Multiple units can be combined to simulate the reflections of as many objects as required for road traffic. Simulations can be performed at different distances, speeds, and sizes in real-time. With these features, the DARTS 9018-D plays a crucial role in validating radar-based automotive applications. It covers all important radar sensor development steps, from chip design to sensor development and the testing of entire advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous vehicles. The tests can be performed during development, production, quality assurance, and approval.

Benefits

Thanks to its scalability, DARTS 9018-D can efficiently cover complex and demanding simulation scenarios. Its RF performance allows for a very short minimum distance. Multiple tests can be programmed and conveniently replayed. Remote control interfaces ensure integration into test automation systems, making it the perfect choice for performing efficient, reproducible, and highly accurate over-the-air tests with radar sensors. Moreover, DARTS 9018-D is built with industry-proven technology that provides perfect signal resolution, precise range and speed simulation, and makes it possible to precisely define the size of objects. Accurate, simplified, and flexible testing of automotive radar applications has never been easier. The convenient over-the-air method leads to an unmatched test depth and test coverage – supporting all areas from chip design to end of line testing.

  • Radio frequency test system for automotive radar sensors
  • Simulates the reflections of one programmable object
  • Simulation of distance, speed, and size
  • Extremely short minimum range of 0.8 meters
  • Maximum range build to order
  • Remote operation via control interface
  • Installation option for robot arms

  • RF front end: 1x Rx, 1x Tx
  • Concept: full MIMO
  • Frequency range: 23 GHz to 26 GHz or 75 GHz to 82 GHz
  • Bandwidth: 4,000 MHz1)
  • Min. range: 0.8 m
  • Max. range: user-defined
  • Range steps: fixed range
  • Simulation echoes: 1
  • Speed: ± 700 km/h
  • Dynamic range: > 60 dB
  • Range accuracy: typically 10 cm

Technology Note
The DARTS 9018-D is based on industry-proven technologies developed by miro•sys and ITS.

Any use of the DARTS devices for end-of-line tests or periodical technical inspections requires regular qualification services from dSPACE, which must be ordered separately. Please contact dSPACE for further information.

1) Usable operational bandwidth: 4,000 MHz. Instantaneous bandwidth: 3,500 MHz