Automated & Connected

Introduction to Radar for Automotive Applications

Multiple Dates Available

April 8-9, 2019 Detroit, MI SAE International Classroom Seminar

This introduction to radar focuses on understanding how radars work and the trade offs that must be made to achieve its specified performance, focusing on applications to automotive safety and autonomy. The class includes demonstrations of radar signal outputs and describes the chain of hardware and software processing found in most radar systems.

Participants will be exposed to all aspects of radar design at a level detailed enough to understand system engineering estimates for the major functions by examining the basic functions of radars, from the waveform generation in the transmitter, all the way to target detection in the receiver. The course is taught at a system level to understand design choices and their impact on the radar system as a whole.

The course includes live demonstrations and example problems to re-inforce concepts. The course includes a survey of radar operation and processing techniques beyond current automotive radars to give students perspective on how the hardware and software may evolve, as well as, how current automotive radar systems may be applied to new applications.

Learning Objectives

By attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Define basic radar functions: waveform generation, RF carrier insertions, transmitter, channel effects, receiver mixing, and pulse compression
  • Define basic radar design parameters: wavelength, bandwidth, antenna size, beam-schedule, and transmitter power
  • Compute basic radar design parameters: signal to noise ratio, range resolution, unambiguous range, Doppler resolution, and unambiguous Doppler
  • Discuss the concept of a radar cross section and statistical models for realistic performance estimates for radar cross-section, scattering from canonical objects, scattering from extended targets, and statistical models
  • Characterize system performance using design parameters and quantities for Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) curves, and Detector Error Trade (DET) curves

Who Should Attend

This course will be particularly valuable for assisted driving advanced system engineers, active safety technology engineers, safety test engineers, and R&D engineers interested in applying automotive radars to new applications.


Individuals should have an undergraduate background in engineering or physical sciences.