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NovAtel Partners for Autonomous Vehicle Safety Research

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November 15, 2016
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NovAtel Inc. announced today (November 15, 2016) that it has entered into an agreement with two educational institutions to fund leading-edge research to determine how GNSS technology can deliver a positioning solution that meets both the safety and accuracy requirements of unmanned automotive vehicles.

The research conducted by Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) and the University of Arizona will expand to autonomous ground vehicle applications the scope of the analysis conducted for aircraft applications which resulted in the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) GPS Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) program.  The research will include updated and expanded concepts for high-integrity carrier phase algorithms as well as expanded threat models and safety monitors.

This research seeks to advance NovAtel’s initiative to achieve a high-precision, automotive-focused GNSS positioning solution that meets the safety standards set out in ISO26262. NovAtel recently sponsored an Inside GNSS webinar on the subject on November 3, a recorded version of which is still available for viewing on demand here.

Jonathan Auld, director of safety-critical systems at NovAtel, said, “The research we are funding with Illinois Tech and University of Arizona leverages our safety-critical experience in aviation by bringing together a team of world experts in GNSS integrity that have already successfully solved the integrity challenge for aviation through their work with  the FAA’s WAAS program.”

In tandem with its university research project, NovAtel will be working with Veripos, another Hexagon Positioning Intelligence company, to expand and upgrade their fully redundant global corrections network to optimize the precise point positioning (PPP) corrections integrated in to safety critical positioning solutions.

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