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Swift Navigation, Carnegie Robotics Partnership to Yield High-Precision GNSS, Inertial Technology Products

WEBSwift Navigation CTO Fergus Noble (L) & Carnegie Robotics CTO Chris Osterwood (R).jpgSwift Navigation CTO Fergus Noble, left, and Carnegie Robotics CTO Chris Osterwood, right. Photo source: Swift Navigation.
March 31, 2017

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A partnership between Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics announced this week is expected to yield a line of navigation products for autonomous vehicles, outdoor robotics and machine control.

San Francisco-based Swift Navigation is a startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology designed to power a world of autonomous vehicles, while Carnegie Robotics, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, provides advanced robotics sensors and platforms for defense, agriculture, mining, infrastructure and energy applications.

The first launch in the new line of products developed by this technology-focused alliance will be announced on May 8, 2017 at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 event in Dallas, Texas.

Swift Navigation solutions utilize real-time kinematic (RTK) technology to provide high-accuracy location solutions. The company recently shipped its newest product, Piksi Multi, a multi-band, multi-constellation, real-time kinematic–capable OEM GNSS receiver module.

The robotics market, through this partnership with Carnegie Robotics, stands to benefit from Piksi Multi's improved localization and control, according to Swift. Featuring robotics positioning with advanced precision GNSS capabilities, the receiver module is well suited for the mass market.

The team at Carnegie Robotics has decades of experience successfully transitioning state-of-the-art technologies from early design into commercial use in precision agriculture, machine control, autonomous vehicles, and industrial and military robots.

"Swift's technology is perfectly suited for the world of robotics, and we couldn't do better than working with the renowned industry leaders at Carnegie Robotics," said Timothy Harris, CEO of Swift Navigation. "From their robotics technology expertise to their inertial intellectual property, Carnegie is an ideal partner for Swift. We are looking forward to developing an exciting line of products and making more joint announcements in the near future."

"Thanks to its focus on high-accuracy and low-cost, Swift Navigation has established itself as a leader and innovator in the world of high-precision GNSS," said Steve DiAntonio, CEO of Carnegie Robotics. "Swift is an ideal partner to work with us on rapid development of robots and autonomous systems. We're designing our joint line of products specifically for outdoor robots and autonomous vehicles with the appropriate physical, electrical and software interfaces to enable rapid deployment of precision GNSS and other mission-critical sensors."

More information about the partnership and the unveiling of this duo's first joint product will take place at AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017, held at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, May 8-10, 2017.

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