Christopher K. Wilson - Inside GNSS

Christopher K. Wilson

Wilson is a leading advocate of positioning and mapping technologies in support of vehicle safety. He was one of the leaders of the Enhanced Digital Map project, a three-year effort by vehicle manufacturers and the government to investigate and demonstrate map-based safety applications. He developed the concept of probe-based mapping, and holds several patents in this area. He has also worked on vehicle positioning systems.

Previously, he served as director of strategic research at Tele Atlas, a major provider of digital map data and other geographic content.


Wilson is a leading advocate of positioning and mapping technologies in support of vehicle safety. He was one of the leaders of the Enhanced Digital Map project, a three-year effort by vehicle manufacturers and the government to investigate and demonstrate map-based safety applications. He developed the concept of probe-based mapping, and holds several patents in this area. He has also worked on vehicle positioning systems.

Previously, he served as director of strategic research at Tele Atlas, a major provider of digital map data and other geographic content.

Before joining Tele Atlas in 2008, he was vice-president of intelligent transportation systems strategy and planning for DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology North America Inc. where he helped establish the Vehicle Safety Communications Consortium and the Vehicle Infrastructure Integration Initiative.

Previously, Wilson spent ten years with TRW Inc. He developed one of the first offboard vehicle navigation systems, worked on infrastructure in support of “Mayday” or Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) systems, and helped design the San Francisco Bay Area traffic management system-TravInfo.

He holds a master’s degree from University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in physics from Princeton University. He is a member the Institute of Navigation, Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and serves on many industry committees.