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Keysight’s industry-first Radar Scene Emulator delivers performance unmatched in the industry

Sudhir Tangri

Techmezine recently spoke with Sudhir Tangri, Country General Manager and Vice President of Keysight Technologies India. He talked about the Autonomous Driving, ADAS and Keysight market leadership in Automotive Test solutions.

  1. Can you please share an overview of Keysight Technologies?

Keysight delivers advanced design and validation solutions that help accelerate innovation to connect and secure the world. Keysight’s dedication to speed and precision extends to software-driven insights and analytics that bring tomorrow’s technology products to market faster across the development lifecycle, in design simulation, prototype validation, automated software testing, manufacturing analysis, and network performance optimization and visibility in enterprise, service provider and cloud environments.  Our customers span the worldwide communications and industrial ecosystems, aerospace, and defense, automotive, energy, semiconductor, and general electronics markets. Keysight generated revenues of $4.9B in fiscal year 2021.

2. One of the most ambitious areas of automotive innovation is autonomous driving. Please share current technologies evolving in Autonomous Vehicle Testing.

A major obstacle to the realization of fully autonomous vehicles is the complexity of driving scenarios and the limited ability to test real-world use cases of automobile behavior. Today, most autonomous-vehicle and ADAS testing relies on software-based simulation followed by road testing on a track or, eventually, the public roadways. Keysight has developed the Autonomous Drive Emulation (ADE) platform to bring the road to the lab. The ADE platform exercises ADAS or AV software through the rendering of predefined use cases that apply time-synchronized inputs to the actual sensors and subsystems used in the test vehicles. The open architecture closes the loop with existing hardware-in-the-loop test systems and 3-D Modelers. The recently released Keysight Radar Scene Emulator, a key component in the ADE, closes the gap in the emulation of radar signals, shifting from emulating targets to full radar scene emulation. This is just one of the ways Keysight is helping test ADAS systems on their way to full autonomy.

 3.What is the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems?

There are 1.2 million people who are prone to death in car accidents every year due to human errors. To reduce the number of car accidents, automotive suppliers, governments, and even non-automotive technology providers are jointly developing advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) using new millimeter waves, or mmWave radar technology. With higher resolution and range, automotive mmWave radar can enable safer driving in any condition.

One of the most ambitious areas of automotive innovation is autonomous driving. Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for current mainstream human-driven vehicles and autonomous driving systems in prototype stage which is dramatically improving safety and will save many lives. From radar and cameras to lidar, sensor technologies coupled with powerful artificial intelligence (AI) software enables all levels of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and make self-driving vehicles a reality.

Keysight provides the best simulation and test solutions for these mission-critical innovations to ensure their reliability and to validate and demonstrate their accuracy and dependability.

 4. Please introduce Keysight Radar Scene Emulator.

Automotive companies understand how complex it is to test autonomous driving algorithms, and the safety issues at stake. Using full scene rendering that emulates near and far targets across a wide continuous field of view (FOV), Keysight’s Radar Scene Emulator enables customers to rapidly test automotive radar sensors integrated in autonomous driving systems with highly complex multi-target scenes.

Keysight’s Radar Scene Emulator allows automakers to lab test complex, real-world driving scenarios, accelerating the overall speed of the test. It allows radar sensors to see more supporting both near and far targets. This eliminates the gaps in a radar’s vision and enables improved training of algorithms to detect and differentiate multiple objects in dense, complex scenes. As a result, autonomous vehicle decisions can be made based on the complete picture, not just what the test equipment sees.

The Radar Scene Emulator is part of our Autonomous Drive Emulation (ADE) platform, created through a multi-year collaboration between Keysight, IPG Automotive and Nordsys.

 5.How has the pandemic affected your business & sales?

Despite the pandemic, our team delivered a strong start to the year, exceeding the high end of our revenue and EPS guidance. Continued robust demand for our differentiated solutions resulted in record orders. By enabling the rapid progression of disruptive technologies and accelerating innovation to connect and secure the world, we are better positioned than ever to capitalize on long-term secular growth trends and deliver above-market growth.

 6.How do you see the future and prospects of the Automotive market in India?

Innovation is disrupting the Automotive market and will dramatically change our transportation system, and the supporting infrastructures. Keysight expects the industry to achieve fully autonomous and electric vehicles. The changes in vehicle autonomy will open new avenues of services to consumers. The vast amount of software deployed will drive challenges in the testing and securing of software (cybersecurity). The wireless cellular network will be pushed to produce low latency and increased bandwidth to address the requirements needed to achieve full vehicle autonomy.

In pursuit of electric vehicles, a new charging infrastructure will be required, similar to what we have seen with the wireless cellular infrastructure. This will continue to drive investment in technology sector and ultimately require tests that ensure vehicles, and the charging infrastructure are in compliance with global standards. We also expect continued investment in the research and development behind batteries. To move electric vehicles to the mainstream consumer market will require reduced battery costs, extended driving range and reduced charging time. Throughout this entire ecosystem there’s a tremendous amount of innovation that will be required in the years to come which will create a demand for new automotive test solutions.



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