Mercedes-Benz has launched a new test facility for electromagnetic compatibility and antenna systems that will help the German luxury car brand for further digitisation. It comes with a reverberation chamber that makes efficient and comprehensive EMC measurement possible.

Daimler has invested 50 million Euros in the new test facility at the Mercedes-Benz Technology Centre in Sindelfingen. The complex simulation of the global mobile communication services in the new antenna testing hall of the facility makes system development in terms of maximum data protection possible.

The test facility will work on electromagnetic fields of vehicles not interfering with other receiver systems, the vehicle functions not being impaired by external fields and maximising the reception quality and performance of the antennas. Also, this facility will work on minimising the exposure of electromagnetic fields on the passengers in the vehicle interior.

Mercedes-Benz passenger cars can have more than 200 control units and an S-Class sedan has over five kilometres of wires. The EMC must ensure the electronics installed onboard the vehicle do not cause any disturbing interference to other vehicles or devices.

On the other hand, an array of electromagnetic waves reach a vehicle from outside. These should not interfere with the vehicle’s system and control units. R&D process at the new testing facility will work on that only.

Findings from the testing at the facility will help in developing and improving the autonomous driving and connected car technology in coming days.

Speaking about the launch of the new facility, Sajjad Khan, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars responsible for CASE said, “We are a pioneer in the digitisation of the automotive industry. The new test facility for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and antennas is an important step to ensure we remain a pioneer.”