More safety for driver assistance systems and manufacturing of high-frequency structures with 3D printing

Completely new radar reflector system developed at Fraunhofer FHR, in which the reflection occurs at exactly the same angle as can be seen in a visual calibration mark.
Credit: Fraunhofer FHR / Jens Fiege

Fraunhofer FHR shows state-of-the-art radar technology at European Microwave Week in London.

Future technology on the Thames: the Fraunhofer Institute for High Frequency Physics and Radar Techniques FHR will present the wide range of its capabilities at the 24th European Microwave Week 2021 (EuMW), which will take place in London from April 2 to 7, 2022 after being postponed due to the pandemic. Industry and science will now come together again on site at Europe’s leading trade fair and conference for microwave technology, radio frequency engineering and radar. Fraunhofer FHR is participating in EuMW with a joint booth and 11 conference presentations.

Within the joint booth with the Dutch Organization for Applied Scientific Research TNO, the Technical Research Centre Finland VTT and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Solid State Physics IAF, Fraunhofer FHR shows a broad spectrum of its research activities and radar applications from different fields.

For example, the scientists from Wachtberg present an active radar reflector for the calibration of driver assistance systems. Automated vehicles use multiple sensors for perception, and the alignment of camera and radar sensors to each other must be checked so that the two do not “look” in different directions. The active radar reflector developed at Fraunhofer FHR can be used in conjunction with an optical test chart from Image Engineering to calibrate and verify alignment. Due to the design of the reflector, the optical calibration mark and the radar reflection appear at exactly the same angle. This enables precise alignment of the sensor systems, increasing the reliability and safety of the driver assistance system.

The topic of additive manufacturing of high-frequency structures will also be presented: The 3D manufacturing processes used at Fraunhofer FHR enable completely new designs in the high-frequency range. Visitors can familiarize themselves with the advantages of additive manufacturing processes in high-frequency technology and gain an insight into the technical parameters of the equipment at Fraunhofer FHR and the manufactured high-frequency structures.

The institute will participate in the conference area of the event with an extensive lecture program. 11 contributions and poster sessions by Fraunhofer FHR researchers are on the agenda. “We are very pleased to be able to personally attend and shape this important event again and are present in London with exciting topics. Whether as a platform for presentation or for exchange and networking – EuMW is unique,” says Prof. Peter Knott, Institute Director of Fraunhofer FHR.

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Fraunhofer-Institut für Hochfrequenzphysik und Radartechnik FHR

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