Autonomous Vehicles

June 3, 2018

Hexagon Acquires AutonomouStuff to Bolster Leadership Position in Autonomous Solutions

With expectations of accelerating the implementation of safety, integrity and reliability, within GNSS for autonomous applications, Hexagon AB announced the acquisition of AutonomouStuff, a leading supplier of integrated autonomous vehicle solutions.

Founded in 2010, US-based AutonomouStuff is pioneering turn-key platforms for autonomous vehicle development, robotics and data intelligence innovation. Its turn-key platforms, which utilize a robust portfolio of technologies, are deployed in pilot programs worldwide – representing more than 2,500 customers in the automotive and technology sectors across Silicon Valley, America, Europe and Asia.

“The acquisition of AutonomouStuff accelerates Hexagon’s ability to move our customers beyond the data impasse of IoT,” said Ola Rollén, Hexagon President and CEO. “We’re particularly interested in technologies that are the most disruptive – those capable of leveraging the vast potential of data being generated by connected things, integrating AI, Edge-Cloud Orchestration, Mobility, and Data Visualization into autonomous connected ecosystems.”

“When combined with our positioning intelligence, mapping and sensing technology leadership, this acquisition creates a nexus of domain expertise that will lead the autonomous mobility industry for years to come.”

Hexagon PI has been an industry leader in GNSS for many years, and the company’s Safety Critical Systems Group has been working on applications for a variety of autonomous X. Hexagon PI has been working closely with AutonomouStuff as an important technology provider, and the two companies share common customers.

Combining efforts will accelerate the development of more comprehensive Autonomous X solutions, positioning PI as the benchmark in the development of autonomy solutions, Hexagon stated.

The merger of the two companies seems like a natural fit, and Hexagon explained in a statement issued to Inside GNSSsome of what the industry should expect to see soon.

“The automotive industry is investing heavily in autonomy and our approach to highly accurate and highly reliable and assured positioning is getting the attention of this industry,” the statement read. “Our products and services are being used in many autonomous vehicle research programs and test fleets AutonomouStuff has been supporting these same programs by providing all of the hardware, software and services required for autonomous development, including complete autonomous test vehicles.”

AutonomouStuff platforms are critical to many autonomous research programs and as these programs move from research phase to production they will require safety and integrity. Hexagon PI has been investing heavily in this for over two years through its Safety Critical Systems development and new ISO standard implementations. Combining the effort of PI and AutonomouStuff can support automotive companies through their research programs and all the way through to serial production. Together the two companies will accelerate the development of more comprehensive Autonomous X solutions, positioning PI as the benchmark in the development of autonomy solutions – something neither company on their own can accomplish, according to Hexagon.

Completion of the transaction (closing) is subject to regulatory approvals, including a voluntary filing to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS), and other customary conditions which are expected to be satisfied within the coming 90 days. The transaction purchase price will not be publicly disclosed as it’s insignificant relative to Hexagon’s market capitalization, the company said in a press release.

By Stan Goff
May 24, 2018

Hexagon Positioning Intelligence Releases PIM7500 for Autonomous Applications

Bertrandt Chooses the Receiver to Integrate into its Platform to Power an Autonomous Commuter Bus

Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division has introduced the new PIM7500 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver explicitly designed for autonomous automotive platform development and solutions. This single-sided receiver features a compact form factor that solders down directly for easy integration with electronic control modules and Artificial Intelligence (AI) development platforms.

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By Inside GNSS
April 30, 2018

AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018

XPONENTIAL 2018, held at the Colorado Convention Center, puts the power of knowledge in your hands through a comprehensive educational program that brings the unmanned industry’s newest developments to the forefront and offers expert insight into the issues that are driving the forward momentum of the unmanned systems movement.

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By Inside GNSS

Ligado Decision May Be At Hand

The federal government is rumored to be nearing a decision about Ligado Networks’ request to repurpose its satellite frequencies to also support a ground-based telecom network. Those frequencies neighbor the band used by GPS. Testing done both several years ago and more recently has shown such a system could seriously interfere with GPS receivers.

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By Dee Ann Divis
March 20, 2018

Technical Panel: Existing Test Results Are Enough to Decide Ligado Interference Question

An independent technical review ordered by the federal government’s top GPS policy body found that there is sufficient data to assess the risk of using frequencies near the GPS band for a ground-based communications network. Existing test results can also be used to set power limits for other similarly located projects, said a panel of technical specialists. Two tests sponsored by Ligado Networks, however, did not meet minimum criteria for inclusion, the panel said.

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By Inside GNSS

Swift Navigation Introduces Skylark, a Cloud-Based, High-Precision GNSS Service

San Francisco-based tech firm Swift Navigation today announced the release of Skylark, a new, cloud-based GNSS corrections service designed to deliver affordable, fast, centimeter-level accuracy and eliminate the complexity of deploying and maintaining GNSS networks. Skylark was built from the ground-up for autonomy at scale and enables high-precision positioning for mass market automotive and autonomous vehicle applications.

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By Inside GNSS
March 16, 2018

STMicroelectronics’ Multi-Band GNSS Receiver Offers Autonomous-Driving Precision and Automotive Safety Compliance

Assisting safer autonomous driving, STMicroelectronics recently introduced the world’s first multi-frequency satellite-navigation receiver chipset suitable for safety-critical automotive applications and high accuracy positioning at the decimeter and centimeter-level for precise point positioning (PPP) and real-time kinematic (RTK) applications.

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By Inside GNSS