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September 19, 2019

Experts Navigate Challenges to Driverless Driving in Free Webinar

Auto makers, ride-service providers and system integrators all anticipate the day—perhaps sooner than some think—when fully autonomous vehicles take the road. Many rigorous technical navigation challenges must be surmounted to reach that day: safety and reliability come first, before convenience and cost-savings can be realized. Innovative engineers who have solved these challenges share their lessons learned in a free webinar, Wednesday, October 2: “Inertial + SLAM: Creating the Roadmap for Autonomous Vehicles.”

Their achievements are realized today in completely driverless shuttles operating in urban, GNSS-obstructed environments around the world. Inertial systems combine with simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) technology in these pioneering ventures to provide accurate, reliable absolute positioning and navigational awareness during GNSS outages.

The hour-and-a-half webinar discusses real-time navigation, vision- and LiDAR-enabled SLAM and high-definition (HD) mapping in detail. Integration of these techniques produced the driverless shuttle, an on-demand mobility services optimized for user experience, viewable here. The product has successfully performed in more than 60 trials in seven countries, safely transporting over 120,000 passengers.

Demonstrations and key takeaways from the October 2 webinar  include:

  • How inertial navigation systems integrate with GNSS to provide reliable absolute positioning at all times, in harsh environments for autonomous vehicles, with proven reliability of data to address safety issues.
  • How vision- and LiDAR-enabled SLAM algorithms create advance trajectory computations to augment this integration, yielding high-definition (HD) maps of complex 3D environments.
  • How shuttles and robots employ the system to determine where they are on the map and then, where they next must go.

Several localization layers are investigated, compared and discussed by the expert panel, with test results and data showing reliability, repeatability and accuracy.

With no human operator to fall back on, these fully autonomous vehicles represent a special niche in today’s rapidly growing field, and yield important insights for the wider driverless future.

Proven customer use cases validate the concept in action. Coast Autonomous, the self-driving mobility company represented on the webinar speaker panel, integrates inertial and SLAM technologies aboard autonomous vehicles in low-speed environments such as campuses, downtown areas, theme parks and airports. The solution provides increased customer safety, faster response to user requests, and resolves logistics bottlenecks.

Speakers on the October 2 webinar, Inertial + SLAM: Creating the Roadmap for Autonomous Vehicles” are:

Raphaël Siryani

Raphaël Siryani, chief software architect and co-founder of inertial manufacturer SBG, a supplier of miniature, high-performance motion-sensing solutions. He has an M.S. in embedded systems engineering from the Ecole Centrale d’Electronique. SBG Systems designs and manufactures attitude and heading reference systems (AHRS), inertial measurement units (IMU), inertial navigation systems with embedded GPS (INS/GPS), and more.

Jérôme Ninot

Jérôme Ninot, mapping chief and founder of Viametris. Ninot holds a Ph.D. in engineering from Telecom Bretagne. Viametris provides sub-centimeter localization for increased productivity, accuracy, and efficiency, using point cloud, localization, immersive images and mapping.


Pierre Lefevre

Pierre Lefevre, chief technical officer of Coast Autonomous, highly experienced in robotics, 3D mapping and autonomous vehicles, a consultant to governmental rule-making authorities, commercial vehicle manufacturers and technology companies. In 2017, he delivered the first autonomous shuttle to Hong Kong, and in 2018 demonstrated the first autonomous vehicle, the P-1, on Broadway in heart of New York’s Times Square.

By Inside GNSS
June 24, 2019

Tesla Model S and Model 3 Prove Vulnerable to GPS Spoofing Attacks, Research from Regulus Cyber Shows

Test drive illuminates need to protect GNSS with proactive cybersecurity strategies

Tesla Model S and Model 3, electric cars built for speed and safety, are vulnerable to cyberattacks aimed at their navigation systems, according to recent research from Regulus Cyber. During a test drive using Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot feature, a staged attack caused the car to suddenly slow down and unexpectedly veer off the main road.

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By Inside GNSS
February 12, 2019

Inertial Sense Releases Small RTK-INS For Mass-Market Consumer Applications

Inertial Sense, creators of the smallest high-performance precision GPS-Inertial Navigation Systems, recently announced the release of precise RTK-level accuracy. The new inertial navigation solution offers an accuracy of 2-3 centimeters GPS position, in combination with inertial sensors (including on-board sensor fusion), at a lower price point than competitive INS+RTK Sensor offerings, according to the manufacturer.

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By Inside GNSS
February 6, 2019

ACEINNA Launches Centimeter Accurate, Multi-Constellation, Multi-Band, Dual Antenna, RTK, GNSS/INS Solution

ACEINNA has launched its new INS1000 high performance dual-band RTK INS (Real-Time Kinematic Inertial Navigation System) with built-in inertial sensors for construction, agriculture and automotive applications.

The INS1000 embeds ACEINNA’s 9 degree-of-freedom inertial sensor technology to achieve Automotive Dead Reckoning performance in GNSS challenged environments like urban canyons, heavily tree-lined roads, tunnels, underpasses, bridges, etc.

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By Inside GNSS
January 8, 2019

Septentrio and Sapcorda to Demonstrate Safe High-Precision GNSS Positioning, Correction Solutions for Autonomous Driving

Septentrio and German company Sapcorda, specialized in safe broadcasted GNSS correction services, announced they will deliver live demonstration of a safe high-accuracy positioning and correction solution for automated driving. The companies have combined their respective technologies to deliver the benefits of SSR (Space State Representation) technology seamlessly to OEM automakers and Tier1 integrators.

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By Inside GNSS
December 4, 2018

STMicroelectronics’ GNSS Module Leverages Teseo III Chip

STMicroelectronics has made its Teseo III satellite-navigation receiver accessible to a wider designer community by introducing the Teseo-LIV3F module, which integrates essential features to speed application development and also adds up to 16Mbit of Flash memory for firmware updating or data logging without a backup battery.

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By Inside GNSS
November 8, 2018

u-blox Collaborates with ERM on Vehicle Tracking Device with Built-in Wi Fi Hotspot

Thalwil, Switzerland–based u‑blox today announced the StarLink TrackerWi‑Fi, an advanced vehicle tracking device produced by ERM Advanced Telematics, a provider of device-based telematics solutions. The device combines u-blox GNSS, 4G and Wi-Fi Technology eliminating the need to equip vehicles with a separate mobile Wi‑Fi hotspot. The StartLink TrackerWi‑Fi has wide-ranging solutions for applications in connected car, telematics and vehicle diagnostic, fleet management, vehicle security, usage-based insurance, and rental and leasing service companies.

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