By News Editor / Updated: 17 Aug 2020

This EU FP5 research project focuses on the development of a multifunctional automotive 77 GHz radar network and on the preparation of five innovative vehicle applications.

The objective of this proposal is to develop a new type of low cost radarnetwork for automotive application and to prepare the realisation of firstapplications: collision avoidance, collision warning, stop & go functionality,airbag pre-crash warning, parking aid. Both the collision avoidance and collision warning systems will help to reduce the number of collision incidents and this will be of particular benefit in urban multi-modal environments. These systems will also reduce levels of injury by reducing speed levels. The air bag pre-crash warning will also reduce injury levels by automatically adjusting the positioning controls within the vehicle.The parking aid will maximise use of parking areas by enabling efficient use of parking spaces. This will be of particular benefit in urban area where the number of parking areas is often restricted.The development of a multifunctional radar network for the realisation of different new automotive applicationswill significantly reduce production costs, facilitate fast system development and reduce time-to-market.>The new systems will improve safety of future vehicles with benefit for passengers and other road users.Cooperation of universities (Technical University Hamburg-Harburg/Germany,The University of Birmingham/UK, Institut National de Polytechnique - Toulouse/France),radar system manufacturers/automotive suppliers (Siemens VDO Automotive - Regensburg/Germany, Roke Manor Research - Romsey/UK),and vehicle manufacturers (Bayerische Motoren Werke - Munich/Germany, Centro Richerche FIAT - Torino/Italy, DaimlerChrysler - Stuttgart/Germany, Volvo - Göteborg/Sweden, Jaguar Cars - Coventry/UK) is the best basis to develop and exploit these new applications.77 GHz MMIC based radar near distance sensors have been developed. Having developed dedicated electronics, synchronisation accuracy of 0.4 ns of all sensors in the radar network has been realised. Synchronised monostatic radar networks have been delivered to the vehicle manufacturers in the project. Vehicle applications are currently implemented.The project is scheduled to end in October 2004.Project details, presentations etc. are available on the project web site www.radarnet.org. Under this URL, the final report will be made available for download.
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Alfred Hoess
Alfred Hoess
01 Jan 1971
17 Aug 2020