Recent advances in MIMIC (MIllimeter Monolithic Integrated Circuit) radar technology play
an important role in the development of automated highway systems and automated vehicle
control systems. This report presents results of a preliminary investigation into MIMIC-based
automotive radar technology and makes recommendations for hardware evaluation.
MIMIC technology integrates much of the radar transmitted, receiver, and signal processing
hardware onto a one- or two-piece chip set. Massive integration leads to lower manufacturing
costs and lower product costs. Moreover, this integration reduces the size of hardware,
allowing the radar components to be installed in the vehicle without the need for significant
modifications. As radar systems become smaller and cheaper, the demand for these systems
Radar systems affect both the vehicles so equipped and other vehicles within a reasonable
proximity. Before vehicles equipped with radar systems travel on public roads, their effects on
traffic flow and highway safety must be investigated so that proper regulations can be
developed and enforced.
Shankwitz, Craig; Donath, Max.
MIMIC sensor technology for highway vehicle applications: potential and challenges for the future.
Minnesota Department of Transportation.
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