Enabling the highest performance front-end radar to help bring Vision Zero into reality

For the last several years, two powerful forces have driven the use of active safety measures in advanced driver assistance systems (ADASs): The European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) 2025’s Pursuit of Vision Zero traffic safety project and consumer five-star safety ratings.

Pursuit of Vision Zero will challenge vehicle manufacturers to offer the best possible technology as standard in all segments and countries, not only helping protect car occupants, but also increasingly addressing the safety of vulnerable road users. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) have put a high focus on their safety rating test scores, since these scores can have a direct impact on how attractive and successful consumers find a particular vehicle model.

Thus, primary safety measures such as automatic emergency breaking (AEB), autonomous emergency steering (AES), automatic cruise control (ACC) and forward collision warning (FCW) have an increasingly important role to play. As the rate of development in ADASs accelerates, car safety ratings are already including more and more ADAS and crash avoidance technologies.

The performance of safety measures such as AEB, AES, ACC and FCW systems depends on the type and complexity of sensors used. OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers are paying very close attention to the sensor suite they choose for these functions, specifically ensuring that radar sensors meet the stringent requirements NCAP tests require.

TI is expanding its rich radar portfolio with the AWR2243, a second-generation front radar TI millimeter-wave (mmWave) sensor. With the aim of getting closer to achieving Vision Zero priorities, a design that includes the AWR2243 can help your ADAS design:

  • Sense up to 220 m from the vehicle, with superior output power (13 dBm), noise figure (12 dB) and phase noise (-97 dBc/Hz).
  • Differentiate between close-by large and small targets with a higher dynamic range of phase noise performance.
  • Use more than 2,000 flexible, autonomously pre-programmed chirp modulations to deliver advanced features such as beam steering and Doppler division multiple access (DDMA).
  • Scale R&D efforts across the entire vehicle by using the AWR2243’s behind-the-bumper performance and multichip cascading capabilities, in addition to the front radar design.