Existing and Emerging Challenges Facing Automotive EMC Webinar

Technical development has turned automotive systems into complex electrical and RF devices. Fully electric powertrains and the development of vehicle autonomy increases the need for active electrical components, complex interconnected systems, and the use of RF systems. Both far and near-field sensors require low-noise environments to ensure adequate performance. Real-time decision making for safety-critical situations requires high speed communication and processing. Power quality from both on-board (powertrain) and off-board (utility grid) requires deliberate EMC analysis. The use of radars and sensors increases the complexity of RF cosite interference analysis. Automotive engineers must consider the susceptibility of systems that directly control the vehicle and require high-levels of safety assurance. Please join us for this webinar to discuss the existing and emerging challenges facing automotive EMC engineers. The presentation will give an overview of the requirements, test and analysis procedures useful to existing automotive EMC teams. We will discuss emerging threats from new interference sources. We will describe how teams use simulation and analysis to consider powertrain coupling to RF systems. Next, we will discuss the challenges of maintaining compatibility among the wide variety of RF systems installed on and off the platform. We will describe scenario modeling in a crowded urban area and discuss the challenges of analyzing and designing to allow for uninterrupted operation of safety-critical systems. At the end of the webinar, attendees should have a high-level understanding of the overall steps to achieving compliant vehicles as well as an appreciation of the challenges of designing the next generation of vehicles.

Key Takeaways

  • Learn the steps to showing EMC compliance for vehicles and their components
  • See an overview of how vehicles are tested
  • Discover the new EMC challenges resulting from vehicle autonomy and electrification


Jonathan Nydell, President & Founder, JN Engineering LLC

Jonathan Nydell is the President and Founder of JN Engineering LLC, providing consulting and professional services related to EMI/EMC, RFI, Space and Atmospheric environment compatibility and interoperability from small electronics to integrated systems. At JN Engineering, Mr. Nydell serves as a principle EMC design consultant on projects ranging from fully autonomous cars to VTOL aircrafts, where he has designed and implemented numerous EMC control, system, and unit level test plans. His work primarily focuses on board to unit level EMC design, signal integrity and power quality, RF compatibility and overall test plan development. Prior to consulting, Mr. Nydell spent over 3.5 years at SpaceX as a senior EMI/EMC/RF engineer on both the Cargo and Crew Dragon spacecraft programs as well as leading the early EMC design of the Starlink satellite system. He received his masters in high energy physics from University College of London, working on advanced particle acceleration techniques, during which he spent a short-term residency at CERN.