Qosmotec showcases its Car-2-X test system at the 2015 ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, France. Between October 5th-9th 2015 Qosmotec will demonstrate that it is not necessary to be a radio expert for running a channel emulation.
Qosmotec’s Car-2-X test system QPER C2X provides engineers with a powerful means to reduce testing on the road significantly, getting Car-2-X communication out of the transition zone. QPER-C2X emulates the radio transmission in car-to-car communication scenarios on a HiL test bench under real-life conditions. This powerful test system executes drive tests in the lab reproducibly. It is used for
ITS World Congress attracts experts from the Intelligent Transport System field from all over the World – from the automotive industry to public systems operators and systems integrators to users.
Qosmotec’s exhibition at the 2015 ITS World Congress is located at booth F13. Click here to view the floor plan.
Business Review Zillion International, a magazine covering trends, technological developments and strategic issues in international business, features an in-depth report on Qosmotec’s Car-2-X test system QPER-C2X.
Titled “Paving the way for C2C communcations”, the article gives an insight on Qosmotec’s approach to enable realistic and comprehensive C2C interoperability testing in the lab.
Qosmotec presents its Car-to-X test system QPER-C2X at the 1st International ATZ Conference “Driver Assistance Systems – From Assistance to Automated Driving”.
At the conference top-class engineers and managers working in the interdisciplinary field of Car-to-X technology gather to evaluate technical concepts and their feasibility as well as their acceptance on the market. “We are proud to showcase our approach to test Car-2-X technology under real-life conditions in the lab at an event, where the roadmap for Car-2-Car communication for the next couple of years will be examined,” claims Mark Hakim, Managing Director Qosmotec.
The newly launched conference is held by ATZlive and specialist magazines ATZ and ATZelektronik. It looks at the technical challenges of driver assistance systems that are expected to be ready for series application until 2020. A special focus is set on testing methods requiring interdisciplinary and cross-sector development. “This is exactly where we fit in. We offer a testing method for repeatable and reproducible drive tests which makes approaches from mobile technology usable for Car-2-X communication,” states Hakim.
“Driver Assistance Systems – From Assistance to Automated Driving” takes place on April 28th and 29th at the Hilton Hotel, Frankfurt (Main), Germany.
Qosmotec and Azimuth Systems, Inc., a leading provider of automated, realworld mobile performance test solutions, announced a joint collaboration for developing a Car-to-Car (C2C) test solution. By combining Qosmotec’s signal strength emulator QPER with Azimuth’s ACE MX channel emulator, the solution simulates all traffic, mobility and channel aspects of a C2C environment. This solution enables realistic, and comprehensive C2C interoperability testing in the lab.
Testing Car-to-Car communication in the lab requires the emulation of a significant number of radio links (each of which maps to a link between two cars), some links requiring primarily just attenuation and others requiring a complete radio channel. Qosmotec’s field strength emulator system provides the attenuation links for these tests; the field strength emulator offers a large number of configurable links that can be configured to reflect the different path loss between the cars. Azimuth’s ACE MX channel emulator complements this by emulating the complete radio channel (path loss, Doppler, propagation delay, AWGN etc.) for links that require a complete radio channel. The QPER-C2X software controls this integrated solution and provides a graphical interface to create and configure the physical environment and the traffic model.
The ACE MX is a part of Azimuth’s industry leading portfolio of channel and environment emulators purpose-built for testing real-world device-network interactions and their impact on end-user performance. The underlying platform is architected to support existing and forward-looking technologies and enable rapid development and automation of applications and solutions such as C2C communications.
Qosmotec’s QPER-C2X is a signal strength emulator enabling to interconnect up to 15 radio modules and thus simulating a high number of individual radio as they are established in Ad-Hoc networks. It emulates all kind of signal strength effects like path loss, shadowing, fast fading or antenna shaping on each individual path. These effects are automatically generated, when the tester runs a traffic model that can simply be created on a graphical user interface. Besides to that, QPER-C2X offers an open interface to integrate with traffic modeling tools that are well established in the automotive industry like the open source software SUMO.
Pete Paglia, President of Azimuth Systems, said, “Azimuth is excited by our leadership in channel emulation and its application in emerging areas such as C2C. Azimuth has a strong track record of developing innovative solutions for emerging applications and we see C2C as an area where we can contribute to this evolving industry by leveraging our leadership in channel and environment emulation along with our solutions expertise. We look forward to building on the strong collaboration that already exists between Qosmotec and Azimuth. Together we can provide end-to-end real world test solutions that help our mutual customers better emulate the environment and test C2C more comprehensively.”
Mark Hakim, Managing Director at Qosmotec, said: “Now, where Car-2-Car technology is on the step between research activities and rollout on the streets, systems for interoperability testing become indispensible. Nobody wants to risk mounting a technology in cars that has not been examined under absolutely real-life conditions. Our joint solution with Azimuth enables us to offer a best fitting solution for emulating air interface conditions on a test bench. This will accelerate the deployment of Car-2-Car communication.”
On Qosmotec side, a team of five Bachelor students from the University of Applied Science has been working on the development of traffic scenarios, that are dynamically executed on the Azimuth ACE MX channel emulator. Iris-Marie Köster, head of the team, was excited about the achieved results: “It feels fantastic to put scientific knowledge into pratice this way.” From next week on, Iris will operate the developed prototype on the ITS plugtest in Helmond.
Between March 2nd and 5th Qosmotec will showcase its products at Mobile World Congress 2015, Fira Gran Via Exhibition Center, Barcelona, Spain.
At MWC 2015 we present our latest features and developments of our test systems:
Meet our experts for a chat on automated network testing with integrated subscriber mobility emulation in Hall 6 Stand K11. Our famous stand-party will take place on Monday at 18:00. We would enjoy to welcome you there.
ATZ Elektronik, one of Germany’s leading automotive special interest magazine, has an in-depth report on the Car-to-X adaption of QPER as cover story in its december issue. The article gives a detailed account of Qosmotec’s approach to employ signal-strength emulation to run virtual drive tests in the lab and the extension to a full test bench setup for Car-to-X test laboratories.
Additionally, ATZ offers an insight into Qosmotec’s current R&D activities in co-operation with RWTH Aachen University. These are aimed at developing channel models to predict signal strength exactly in specific locations, based on real building data and traffic situations.
ATZ Elektronik’s current issue is available online, where you find the German version of the article.
You find an English version at https://www.qosmotec.com/ATZ_Elektronik_6-2014_Qosmotec-ENG.pdf
For further information on Qosmotec’s Car-to-X test system go to:
It had something of a premiere: For the first time Qosmotec officially showcased its test bench setup for Car-to-X communication testing. At the 8th Car2Car Forum at Stadthalle Braunschweig we had built up our 5-port QPER system with two IEEE 802.11p capable radio modules communicating with each other via a radio link, on which signal strength was controlled by our emulation software. Additionally, the two modules were controlled via the CANoe software from Vector Informatik. “Last year at the Car2Car Forum in Munich, we planned to establish this co-operation with Vector. At this time, we did not even have the slightest idea, whether those to systems really fit together. All the more proud we are that we could demonstrate a fully integrated environment, executing several typical traffic scenarios like emergency break situations, slow vehicle warnings or communication between cars and infrastructure like traffic lights, only eleven months later ”, says Qosmotec’s Managing Director Mark Hakim.
The demonstration attracted many of the 250 congress participants, who appreciated to see a complete example for a hardware-in-the-loop test benches on our booth. Together with car manufacturers and vendors of radio equipment, we identified an important application case, that shall be followed up in the near future. “We want to proof the negative impact of WLAN noise from IEEE 802.11ac and 802.11n on the Car-to-car communication”, says Mark Hakim.
Besides to this setup we showed a first concept, how to extend interoperability tests with other signal propagation effects like Doppler and Multipath fading. Also we specified on the congress, how to support the ETSI Plugtest, that will be hosted by TASS international in March next year in Helmond, with Qosmotec test equipment.
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October 21st and 22nd 2014
At the 8th Car2Car Forum at Stadthalle Braunschweig, Germany
The Car2Car Forum is the Car2Car Consortium’s (C2C-CC) annual congress. C2C-CC is a nonprofit organisation of European vehicle manufacturers and equipment suppliers, dedicated to the objective of further increasing road traffic safety and efficiency by means of co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) with Car-to-X Communication.
Qosmotec’s managing director, Mark Hakim, and Ferdinand Schuber, Head of Sales, will showcase the new test system and examples of use.
We are looking forward to meet you in Braunschweig.
Learn more about our test system for Car-to-X communication at www.qosmotec.com/car2x-test-systems.
A country road and a blind bend ahead – what if there are road works behind the curve or a vehicle has broken down? Most motorists wish they could be warned, if there is a pontential hazardous situations ahead. Car-to-car communication technology aims address this issue by ensuring vehicles are warned or warn the other traffic in potential dangerous situations, even allowing cars to react automatically. Nearly every OEM in the Automotive sector works on this technology.
Even though vehicle manufacturers have agreed on standards and specifications for communication between vehicles spanning all brands, Car-2-Car technology still lacks a reliable, reproducible automated test methodology. Potential weaknesses and malfunctions have to be detected and resolved in the test lab, before the new technology can be deployed in the field.
Adapting QPER to the needs of Ad-hoc networks in Car-2-Car Communication
Qosmotec aims to solve this issue. Together with RWTH Aachen Universtity and Vector Informatik we develop a signal strength emulator for hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) test facilities in the automotive industry. This poses a challenge, because public mobile networks and Car-2-Car technology have different parameters. “In Car-2-Car communication we are dealing with Ad-hoc networks”, explains Qosmotec’s Managing Director Mark Hakim. “This means there is no distinction between fixed base stations and mobile subscribers. All devices communicate directly with each other while they are moving. They also assume different roles, e.g., message broadcaster, router or mobile receiver.” For this ad-hoc network emulation, a new hardware setup had to be developed with configurable radio links between all network participants. Currently Qosmotec works on traffic and channel models that simulate driver behavior and resulting radio propagation impacts on the communication channel.
Qosmotec co-operates with the Institute for Theoretical Information Technology at RWTH Aachen University. They focus on propagation models based on real building environments, based on an approach derived from ray tracing. “This allows predicting signal propagation for drive tests through actual streets. A huge step for Car-2-X technology, as conducting virtual drive tests in the lab keeps the required resources to a reasonable amount,” says Mark Hakim.
Joining CANoe.Car2X and QPER to provide reproducible drive tests for Car-2-Car Technology
Besides propagation models, there is another challenge: “Our approach is based on our propagation effects replicator QPER which is designed to model the air interface but not to control the wireless equipment involved”. Here, Vector comes into play. Its widely-used software CANoe to develop, test and analyze electronic control units (ECU) has been extended by a new component CANoe.Car2X. It can handle the WLAN 802.11p protocol and the ETSI specified messages for cooperative awareness and decentralized environment notification and allows controlling On-board Units (OBU) and Road-Side Units (RSU) as well as simulating them. Qosmotec and Vector have joint forces to combine their tools. GPS-Positions simulated in QPER are transmitted by CANoe to the EBUs involved. “By joining CANoe’s Car-2-X extension with the air interface simulator QPER, we provide the necessary test set-up to enable testers to run virtual drive tests in their lab”, says Hakim. Testers can emulate traffic and infrastructure, and model user behavior. Standard scenarios, like road works, slow traffic or crossroads with restricted visibility are supplied. This enables engineers to check whether the technology reacts as required and brings Car-2-Car technology a step closer to market. First results of this joint development will be presented at the Car-to-Car Forum that is taking place in the town hall of Braunschweig on October 22nd / 23rd 2014.