The research challenges that connected cars face

5th September 2018
Posted By : Lanna Cooper
The research challenges that connected cars face


Wireless connectivity has become a key strategic axis for automotive companies. A disruptive competitive landscape challenging the product life cycle of vehicles, requires innovation, speed and reliability in wireless connectivity research, development, and testing.

Together for the first time, MVG and TU Ilmenau /ThIMo (Thuringian Center of Innovation in Mobility) offer the opportunity to gain exclusive insight into automotive Over-The-Air (OTA) testing and measurement through a seminar covering valuable best practices and high level problem-solving skills in this field of expertise.

Today, modern vehicles are becoming more and more like a wireless technology hub equipped with a multitude of transmission systems, including vehicle-to-everything communications (V2X).

Fast, accurate, and reliable characterisation as well as digital verification and validation of connected and automated cars and their manifold wireless transmission functions raise new and stringent requirements on advanced techniques for radio measurements and installed system performance evaluation with OTA testing in virtual environments.

For years, MVG has provided turn-key test solutions for the automotive industry. The MVG SG3000 is unique on the market in its ability to rapidly characterise the wireless connectivity and OTA performance of full vehicle with high accuracy.

With advanced post-processing software providing a wide range of specific features, MVG empowers the automotive development and manufacturing ecosystems, from component / platform suppliers to system / product integrators, to enhance their product wireless connectivity performance.

The Thuringian Centre of Innovation in Mobility (ThIMo) at the TU Ilmenau addresses advanced R&D issues of connected and automated driving on a world-class level in two of its five core competences: Wireless and information technologies, and automotive engineering.

Based on its trendsetting research infrastructure and expertise, in 2015, ThIMo initiated the foundation of the Virtual-Drive-Test Alliance (VDT Alliance), a cross- industry forum representing 24 worldwide active companies and research institutions. MVG was one of the first-day members of the VDT Alliance and has been actively shaping their activities in virtual drive testing.

In a joint effort, MVG and TU Ilmenau / ThlMo will host this free seminar and bring insight into automotive wireless testing and antenna measurement post-processing tools. This unique event offers an opportunity for the participants to interact directly with TU Ilmenau and MVG experts and other invitees from the automotive antenna industries across Europe.

Participants will be invited to take part in the 'Virtual Drive Testing' hands-on workshop performed in the VISTA (Virtual Road – Simulation and Test Area) multi-purpose test facility, where they will be assisted by antenna measurement specialists and gain relevant theoretical and  practical hands-on experience.

Another highlight of the event will be the signing ceremony of a Memorandum-of-Understanding (MoU) between the VDT Alliance, represented by TU Ilmenau as a Member of the VDT Steering Board, and the 5G Automotive Association (5GAA).

This MoU paves the way for an exchange of information, mutual attendance at meetings, connection of research networks and R&D partnerships, as well as joint projects on subjects of common interest between the two powerful associations.

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