Many countries worldwide are focusing recent technical development activities on intelligent transport systems, and specifically, improving automobile safety. In fact, some leading car manufacturers have already started installing wireless vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communications systems. Connecting transportation networks to each other and the broader internet makes roads safer, travel more efficient, reduces air pollution and improves driver experience, and V2X is expected to become commonplace soon in the near future. Current V2X development uses DSRC technology and the IEEE 802.11p (11p hereafter) standard. This represents the first wave of mainstream V2X deployment, with LTE and 5G coming later to enrich connectivity and add extra capability. Anritsu has developed advanced measurement solutions for V2X, from R&D, to field test to manufacturing, helping rapid deployment of 11p-based V2X wireless systems. Anritsu solutions integrate unique features that reduce complex processes and increase efficiency, ultimately reducing test time and test cycles.
Evaluating V2X Messages: One Issue in V2X System Development
Since the 11p technology is an upgrade based on the 11a/g technology standards used by WLAN, the methods for evaluating the performance of wireless devices (quality of RF Tx signal, Rx sensitivity) are similar to measurement of WLAN devices. In fact, RF test equipment based on WLAN test equipment and offering expanded support for the 11p technology is already commercially available. Consequently, it is not difficult for RF hardware engineers to configure a V2X test environment. On the other hand, what development environment do software engineers need? Actually, until now there has been no test equipment for accurate evaluation of data (messages) sent by 11p wireless devices. As a result, V2X system development software engineers implement tests between their own test equipment, incurring heavy workloads, such as collating bit strings and ASCII code. However, this method makes debugging difficult due to differences in interpreting standards and issues with testing between the same test equipment.
The "Plugfest" exhibition sponsored by V2X-related standards organizations offers companies a limited opportunity to confirm connectivity between trial V2X equipment over occasional 2- or 3-day periods, but subsequent debugging, improvements and connectivity re-testing to confirm normal operation of trial products still remains remarkably difficult to complete. The key issue at stake is generating an environment in which V2X messages can be compared and validated between devices.
Validating V2X Messages: Anritsu V2X Message Solution
Anritsu's V2X solution receives and demodulates the RF Tx data to display the decoded message transmission. As a result, V2X system software engineers can monitor whether the expected V2X messages sent via either ECU or CAN are reaching the vehicle. Additionally, Anritsu's solution is designed to support the different messages used in the Japanese, North American, and European markets. Moreover, there is also an option for measuring key RF TRx test items required by quality inspection engineers.
Previous V2X message validation methods by participation at PlugFests and field testing using in-house equipment offer limited opportunity to troubleshoot problems compared to Anritsu's test solution that helps software engineers not only improve the quality of V2X devices but also cuts development verification time and labor costs.
We invite you to learn more about Anritsu's V2X solutionAnritsu looks forward to playing a major role in protecting people's lives and property by promoting the fastest possible deployment of V2X technologies.