Awitar - Automotive Wireless Test and Research Facility

AWITAR - Automotive Wireless Test and Research FacilityThe electronics of today are highly complex, and the trend continues. We are now engaged in building a world-leading test and research facility for wireless communication systems and EMC for e.g. autonomous vehicles and active safety systems.

Vehicles are becoming increasingly complex and are now equipped with radar, cameras and other sensors. These sensors, as well as wireless communication between vehicles and infrastructure, are important components for advanced functions, such as autonomous driving.

Awitar designed to meet the technologies and requirements of the future

Systems must be safe in use and not interfere with other electronics. Awitar, the Automotive Wireless Test and Research Facility, is designed to meet the challenges of future technologies and future requirements. The idea is that it should be a facility where electronics can be tested to ensure that they do not cause interference to other devices around them and that they in turn are not subject to such interference.

Repeatable and controllable electromagnetic environment

Here vehicles can be tested in electromagnetic environments that can be controlled and repeatable. An important part of the facility is the instrumentation for e.g. generating high field strengths, simulating complex wireless signals and creating a realistic environment for multi-sensor systems with radar, cameras etc.

Massive heavy vehicles, machinery and equipment can be tested

The design and technology aspects have been developed in close cooperation with the Swedish automotive industry. The facility is designed to be able to handle cars, trucks and buses as well as heavy construction machinery and other massive heavy equipment.

A resource for verification, testing, research and development

Here you will find a unique resource for verification and testing, as well as research and development. The shielded chamber offers the option of setting up advanced scenarios for testing complete multi-sensor systems.

Simulation of complex signal environments provides the basis for developing expertise in the field

Extensive research is currently being undertaken in wireless vehicle communication. In Awitar it will be possible to simulate complex signal environments for testing wireless systems, such as mobile phones and vehicle-to-vehicle communication. Repeatable and controllable testing and development in Awitar will contribute to the growth of new expertise within the field.

Room for several vehicles and customer personnel

There will be a workshop area outside the shielded chamber with a lift for cars if modifications will be done. The control room has plenty of space for the customer to establish a workplace with surveillance equipment etc. Above the control room and in immediate connection to the chamber the customers have access to office space, conference room and dressing room.

EMC resources

Awitar will be the seventh EMC test chamber at RISE. There will be around 40 people working with EMC when Awitar is operational, including test engineers, support personnel and a research group. In addition to the new chamber the facility is completed by the present vehicle test chamber plus smaller chambers (including semi-anechoic, fully anechoic and reverberation chambers) for other types of test objects.

Facts about the facility
  • Size of the shielded chamber: 28x18x12 m (LxWxH)
  • Weight up to 70 tons
  • Turntable with twin-axle GPS-controlled dynamometer (up to 25 tons)
  • Configured for a second, smaller turntable without dynamometer for scenarios involving V2X communication
  • 6x6 m sliding gate flat entrance
  • High field strengths:
    • 200 V/m field strength 0.1–1,000 MHz
    • 100 V/m field strength 1,000–2,000 MHz
    • 30 V/m field strength 2,000–6,000 MHz
  • Radar pulses on the L, S, C, X and Ku bands
  • Hybrid absorbers on the walls for future legal requirements low frequency requirements
  • The turntable is configured for supplying battery chargers
  • Cameras and microphones in the chamber for monitoring
  • Cooling and ventilation capacity for all conceivable scenarios
  • NSA-approved in accordance with CISPR16 for measurements at a distance of 10 m
  • SVSWR-approved in accordance with CISPR16 for measurements at a distance of 5 m
  • Adapted for present and future requirements from e.g. the EU, UN and China.
  • The chamber is approved for the following standards: UN ECE R10, CISPR 12, CISPR 22, CISPR 25, ISO 11452, IEC 61000-3-2, IEC 61000-3-3, IEC 61000-3-11, IEC 61000-3-12, IEC 61000-6-3, SAE J551, SAE J113, MIL STD 461 E/F
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Already today RISE is one of the leading independent labs in Europe, with six test chambers for EMC, communications and high-frequency technology. We use advanced measurement methods and calibrate antennas and field strength meters.

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  • Technical service for the road authorities in Sweden and Taiwan
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