With the integration of the Trimble RTX GNSS correction services platform with Snapdragon® 8 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platforms from Qualcomm Technologies, Android phone users now have access to more precise positioning for navigation, lane-level guidance and ridesharing pick-up destinations.
The combination “supercharges Android phones’ positioning capabilities,” according to a news release, enabling smartphone manufacturers, service providers and application developers to provide mobile users with meter-level accuracy, or about 3 feet, a significant improvement over what’s typically available today.
This, in turn, enhances the user’s experience when using mapping, driving or other mobile applications. Lane level accuracy, for example, provides greater map detail and better directions, while more accurate positioning in a rideshare app makes it easier for rider and driver to find each other.
“Precise positioning, where accuracies are down to a meter or less, is a necessary capability in next-gen premium Android phones, providing better mapping, more accurate navigation and new exciting services to consumers,” said Francesco Grilli, vice president, product management for Qualcomm Technologies, according to the release.
This most recent collaboration expands on the existing relationship between the two companies. Qualcomm Technologies already provides positioning solutions for connected vehicles, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving solutions to automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers.
“Trimble and Qualcomm Technologies have a history of innovation in mobile location technologies, both separately and collaboratively,” said Lisa Wetherbee, general manager of Trimble Advanced Positioning, according to the release. “Together, we are boosting premium Android phone functionality, helping mobile applications provide better information about the user’s immediate surroundings.”
The Trimble RTX technology in Snapdragon 8 and Snapdragon 888 Mobile Platforms is expected to be available in the second quarter.