Design Software Supports mmWave Automotive Radar and Antenna System Development

Ongoing developments in advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) are expanding the capabilities and affordability of vehicles that can alert and assist drivers using radar technology mostly focused over the 76 to 81 GHz spectrum. These systems must perform over a range of applications, operating conditions, and object detection challenges in order to provide reliable coverage over the range (distance) and field of view (angle) as dictated by the particular driver assist function. This article examines some of the challenges behind developing millimeter-wave (mmWave) radar systems and the antenna array technologies that will be responsible for the next generation of smart cars and trucks.

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