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Towards Navigation Safety for Autonomous Cars

Figures 1 – 6, Table 1

There are many good reasons for getting excited about highly automated vehicles, or HAVs, which is the acronym used by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). HAVs can make driving more fuel- and time-efficient. They can significantly reduce traffic congestion and emissions by driving a precise speed, minimizing lane changes, and maintaining an exact distance to neighboring cars. They can also increase accessibility and mobility for disabled and elderly persons.

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By Inside GNSS
September 26, 2017

GNSS Hotspots

One of 12 magnetograms recorded at Greenwich Observatory during the Great Geomagnetic Storm of 1859
1996 soccer game in the Midwest, (Rick Dikeman image)
Nouméa ground station after the flood
A pencil and a coffee cup show the size of NASA’s teeny tiny PhoneSat
Bonus Hotspot: Naro Tartaruga AUV
Pacific lamprey spawning (photo by Jeremy Monroe, Fresh Waters Illustrated)
“Return of the Bucentaurn to the Molo on Ascension Day”, by (Giovanni Antonio Canal) Canaletto
The U.S. Naval Observatory Alternate Master Clock at 2nd Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB in Colorado. This photo was taken in January, 2006 during the addition of a leap second. The USNO master clocks control GPS timing. They are accurate to within one second every 20 million years (Satellites are so picky! Humans, on the other hand, just want to know if we’re too late for lunch) USAF photo by A1C Jason Ridder.
Detail of Compass/ BeiDou2 system diagram
Hotspot 6: Beluga A300 600ST

1. Mangrove Tree-Planting Drones
Myanmar (Southeast Asia)

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By Inside GNSS
January 26, 2017

GPS Data Used by ATRI to Name Top 100 Truck Bottlenecks

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released on January 25 its annual list highlighting the most congested bottlenecks for trucks in America.

Congestion chokepoints hurt the economy and the environment, so the ATRI uses GPS data collected each year to help identify times and locations that truckers will want to avoid.

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By Inside GNSS
January 25, 2017

u-blox Launches ZOE-M8G Ultra-Compact GNSS Receiver Module

ZOE-M8G GNSS module. Photo source: u-blox.

Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has launched the ZOE-M8G, an ultra-compact GNSS receiver module, especially designed for markets where small size, minimal weight and high location precision are essential.

The device offers exceptionally high location accuracy by concurrently connecting to GPS, Galileo and either GLONASS or BeiDou. According to the company, it also provides industry-leading -167 dBm navigation sensitivity, which is said to make it ideal for wearable devices, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and asset tracker applications.

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By Inside GNSS
January 23, 2017

Positioning Technology in Australia Gets a $12 Million Boost

SBAS illustration with the GNSS satellites (upper left) and the communications satellite (upper right).

With the Australian government’s announcement earlier this month that it would invest $12 million in a two-year program looking into the future of positioning technology in Australia, comes plans for testing of satellite based augmentation systems (SBAS) to be undertaken, and for future applications for all four major modes of transport in Australia, as well as for potential safety, productivity, efficiency and environmental benefits.

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By Inside GNSS
January 20, 2017

Swift Navigation Co-Founders Make Forbes 30 Under 30 Consumer Tech List

Swift Navigation co-founders Colin Beighley (left) ands Fergus Noble (right).

Swift Navigation co-founders Fergus Noble (29) and Colin Beighley (28) have been honored in the 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 Consumer Technology list.

Swift Navigation is a San Francisco-based startup that provides centimeter-accurate real-time kinematics (RTK) GPS and GNSS positioning technology for autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision agriculture, robotics, surveying, space applications and more.

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By Inside GNSS
January 9, 2017

Autoliv Shows Automotive Positioning and ADAS at 2017 CES

Autoliv, Inc. is a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden
Autoliv, Inc. is a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden
Autoliv, Inc. is a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden
Autoliv, Inc. is a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden

Autoliv, Inc., a manufacturer of automotive safety systems with headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, released its sixth-generation, aftermarket location and positioning module at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.  

Accurate and reliable positioning and localization are critical for today’s vehicles containing advanced driver assistance (ADAS) and active safety systems, and even more essential in future autonomous vehicle systems.

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By Inside GNSS
December 31, 2016

INTERGEO 2017

UAV demonstration at the 2016 INTERGEO conference

INTERGEO, the 2017 European geodesy, geoinformation and land management conference and trade fair, will take place at  Messe Berlin, South Entrance in Berlin, Germany on September 26, 27 and 28.

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By Inside GNSS
December 21, 2016

u-blox GNSS Module Featured in Tracking Device

NEO-M8P GNSS module. Photo Source: u-blox.

Thalwil, Switzerland-based u-blox has announced that two of its products have been used by Cobilsys to create a small, battery-powered asset tracking device.

Cobilsys’ ATPACK tracker measures 53 by 48 by 15 millimeters and can be used to track the location of cars, motorcycles, and pets, the company said. The product uses a u-blox EVA-M8M, the industry’s smallest GNSS module, which works with GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and BeiDou, the company said.

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By Inside GNSS
December 20, 2016

New Report Says Broadcom and Qualcomm Top GNSS IC Vendors

GNSS IC Vendor Competitive Assessment Vendor Matrix. Image Source: ABI Research.

A new reports says that the GNSS market landscape is growing because of rapid growth of satellite technology-enabled wearables, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), new innovation opportunities, and low-cost precision receivers.

ABI Research’s new GNSS integrated circuit (IC) vendor competitive analysis says that Broadcom and Qualcomm remain the two top companies for the fourth straight year.

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