Autonomous Vehicles

Curtiss-Wright Highlights A-PNT Solutions for Ground Vehicles in GPS/GNSS-Denied Environments at JNC

Curtiss-Wright’s Defense Solutions division announced that it will highlight its family of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)-based modules and LRU solutions designed for system integrators seeking to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (A-PNT) services at the 2018 Joint Navigation Conference, July 9-11 (Booth #109), the largest U.S. military Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) conference of the year with joint service and government participation.

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By Inside GNSS
June 29, 2018

Inertial Sense Partners with DataTribe to Expand Autonomous Navigation

Inertial Sense announced last week that it has closed a $2 million round of seed funding led by DataTribe and supported by Atomic Ventures. Inertial Sense, a manufacturer of high-performance precision GPS-Inertial Navigation Systems, will use the funds to accelerate their market-leading position and advanced development of additional micro-navigation solutions and 3-D motion sensors.

Located on Utah’s Silicon Slopes, Inertial Sense designs and manufactures precision GPS sensors that deliver fast, accurate, and reliable attitude, velocity, and position for autonomous vehicle applications. The company’s technology encompasses Inertial Navigation Systems, Attitude Heading Reference Systems, and Inertial Measurement Units.

“We provide engineers with a turn-key solution to help solve the complex problem of autonomous vehicle navigation, at a size, accuracy and price point that the market has never seen before,” Walt Johnson, Founder and CTO, Inertial Sense said in a press release. “Traditional GPS technology is no longer sufficient for today’s autonomous applications. We are bringing the smallest, low cost precision GPS solution to the market, targeting unmanned aerial vehicles, robotics and other applications where there is a need for GPS augmentation.”

Inertial Sense modules are patent pending and are currently being sold worldwide at volume for a broad variety of applications including:

  • Autonomous Navigation: Drones, Robots, Automobiles
  • Aerial Surveys: 3D Mapping, Photogrammetry, Orthomosaics
  • Gimbal Stabilization and Antenna Pointing
  • 3D motion capture and Personnel Tracking

Inertial Sense is the recipient of DataTribe’s inaugural DataTribe Challenge competition, announced in March 2018.

“We instantly recognized Inertial Sense as a remarkably efficient approach to the problems associated with traditional GPS technology,” said Mike Janke, Co-founder and Investment Board Member, DataTribe. “By offering a higher degree of precision in a smaller size with lower power consumption, Inertial Sense is making it possible for GPS to work more effectively in more challenging environments and applications. And by bringing the cost down, they are also paving the way for a mass market navigation system to support consumer applications like wearables and other types of devices. We’re impressed with Inertial Sense’s early achievements and are eager to collaborate with their experienced management team to realize their vision.”

“Inertial Sense fits the mold of over-the-horizon technology breakthroughs that we look for coming out of the military as it ventures into the commercial space,” said Bob Ackerman, Founder and Managing Director of AllegisCyber, a leading Silicon Valley VC firm. “They are at the forefront of micro-sensors and software for autonomous vehicles, robotics, transportation and drones. The explosive growth of IoT, requires micro-sensor-based instrumentation to measure, monitor and ensure accuracy. These guys are leading by a large margin.”

DataTribe is a cybersecurity and data science startup studio that invests and co-builds next generational commercial software. The firm draws upon experienced technology and entrepreneurial teams from the world’s most prestigious, high-stakes environments, including the international intelligence community and National Labs from U.S, Canada, UK and Australia. Headquartered in Fulton, MD with offices in San Francisco, CA.

By Inside GNSS
June 8, 2018

Inertial Labs Introduces Dual Antenna GNSS-Aided INS

Inertial Labs, Inc., a developer and supplier of inertial sensors & systems, has released an affordable, multi GNSS constellation, 1 cm RTK accuracy dual-antenna GPS-Aided Inertial Navigation System (INS).

The “INS-DL” and the OEM version “INS-DL-OEM” are multi-constellation (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou) GPS-Aided INS designed to achieve 1 cm Position and 0.05° Heading, Pitch & Roll accuracy. These highly precise and high-accuracy INS are available for around $5,000 USD.

Designed for developers of autonomous and unmanned systems; vehicles and small robots for precision agriculture; payloads for remote sensing and survey applications, the GPS-Aided “INS-DL” and “INS-DL-OEM” are compact and deliver high performance.

The “INS-DL” can be supplied as a classic Inertial Navigation System, which outputs Position, Orientation and IMU data for real-time and post-processing operation, or as an advanced, GPS-Aided Motion Reference Unit, which outputs Position, Velocity, Heading, Pitch, Roll, Heave, Surge, Sway and Significant Wave Height data for survey, hydrography, bathymetry and motion control.

“GPS-Aided INS-DL is a result of significant efforts of our R&D team. It is a market-oriented solution, geared towards applications, requiring the best combination of high performance and low cost” said Jamie Marraccini, Inertial Labs’ CEO & President, in a press release.

This year, Inertial Labs celebrates its 17th anniversary of supplying inertial sensor-based solutions for land, marine and aerospace applications. Since 2001, thousands of inertial systems, as well as those fused with other technologies like optical, laser, and GNSS systems, have been successfully delivered to customers for AGV, UAV, AUV, UUV, robots, land vehicles etc.

By Inside GNSS
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 5, 2018

Navigation Integrity for Land Users Robust Positioning in Challenging Environments

Integrity for Navigation Land Users (INLU) addresses the difficult task of adapting air-based position integrity solutions to land-based activities such as vehicle and rail travel. An end-to-end simulation is presented using the Positioning and Integrity Performance Evaluator (PIPE). The simulation includes side by side comparison of a vehicle path in the presence of spoofing as evaluated by the authors’ Generalized Pseudo Bayesian 1 (GPB1) algorithm and a snapshot least squares algorithm.

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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

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
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