In the next few years, autonomous driving will become a reality,” asserted Stéphane Elisabeth, PhD. senior technology and cost analyst at System Plus Consulting. “To achieve this goal, the number of vision technologies has increased to provide more and more functionalities in addition to safety for drivers and passengers.”

Among these vision technologies, radar systems are the best-established and most secure. Radar systems were introduced in 2000, with SRR systems dedicated to blind-spot detection or rear cross-traffic alert. Today, vehicles from several suppliers are already offering ‘level 2+’ automation whereby drivers are on standby but can be hands-off for periods of time. These vehicles integrate around five radar systems, including SRR and LRR, which support emergency breaking and adaptative cruise control.

System Plus Consulting tracks daily radar technologies, evolution and innovations. It is now the perfect time to investigate the latest developments and compare them to each other. System Plus Consulting’s analysts deliver a comprehensive and detailed comparison of existing solutions offered by leading OEMs and module suppliers.

This comparative technology study, Automotive Radar Comparison 2021, provides valuable insights regarding technology data for RF chipsets and antenna boards in radar systems. This reverse engineering and costing analysis includes a study of 15 radar systems from leading OEMs, such as Veoneer (formerly Autoliv), Robert Bosch, Aptiv (formerly Delphi Technologies), Denso, ZF/TRW, Hella, Hyundai/Mobis and SteelMate. This report also analyzes the first imaging radar from Continental, which has also been evaluated through a dedicated teardown: Continental ARS5-A ARS540 4D Long-Range Radar (66 31 5 A55 CB1).

According to Yole Développement (Yole), the radar market for automotive and mobility applications should reach more than US$10.5 billion, with an 11 percent CAGR between 2019 and 2025. Automotive & mobility is the most dynamic market segment with road safety requirements pulling radar as a mainstream technology, explains the market research & strategy consulting company in its dedicated report.

Cédric Malaquin, Technology & Market analyst, RF Devices & Technology at Yole said, “Radar offers interesting capabilities for autonomous driving. It will be a robust solution in the sensor mix.”

Radar developments have been accelerating thanks to the maturity of the industry. Imaging radar could be the “good enough” solution when it becomes commercially available from 2021.

Through teardowns of a large variety of radar systems, Yole’s partner, System Plus Consulting, has extracted the main RF chipsets and boards and physically analyzed them. The company has also sectioned the RF boards to point out the various OEMs’ technology and economic choices.

“Market share differs depending on the frequency and the automotive application,” explained Elisabeth. “At 24 GHz, STMicroelectronics’ solution is at the low end. At 77 GHz, Infineon Technologies and NXP have led the way for many years. But it appears that Texas Instruments is catching up.”

The second edition of the radar comparison report is a significant analysis of state-of-the-art radar technologies. This study points out the technical strategy of each leading company, the OEMs and module makers, and the supply chain they have set up to support them. It highlights their vision of the automotive industry and how they expect to penetrate it. Make sure to get a relevant perception of your environment with this new report from System Plus Consulting.