Automotive

Apple Maps Not Fully to Blame for Outback Mistakes

December 11, 2012By
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Police in Mildura, Australia, have been warning people not to rely on Apple Maps after several people trying to find the town of 30,000 people became hopelessly lost in the bush in scorching temperatures, reported the Guardian. One man was stranded for 24 hours last week in temperatures of up to 115º Fahrenheit. Three more were rescued after following the... read more

China Industry Report: “Amazing Growth” in Mobile Market

December 3, 2012By

A new China Navigation Map Industry Report, 2012-2014, released by Sino Market Insight, predicts that the revenue of Chinese navigation electronic  map industry will reach RMB 2.1 billion in 2014. Started in 2002, the navigation industry in China is still in the  initial stage of development compared with the international market, the report says. China’s car navigation market, PND navigation... read more

Applanix Introduces POS LV 120 for Improving Land Mobile Mapping Productivity

October 10, 2012By
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Applanix has introduced the POS LV 120, the latest version of its positioning and orientation systems for land vehicles. Using commercial Micro-Electro-Mechanical (MEMS) inertial measurement unit (IMU) technology, the Applanix POS LV 120 is a small, lightweight system and provides an economical solution for any continuous positioning and orientation application. POS LV 120 is a fully integrated, turnkey position and... read more

u-blox Launches u-blox 7 GPS, GLONASS and QZSS Modules

October 5, 2012By
u-blox’ MAX, NEO, and LEA-7 GPS/GNSS modules support all available satellite positioning systems.

u-blox, the Swiss positioning and wireless module and chip company, has announced its latest multi-GNSS receiver modules MAX-7, NEO-7 and LEA-7 in u-blox’s form factors. They support all satellite positioning systems in operation today: GPS, GLONASS, QZSS and SBAS. The modules target telematics applications such as asset and fleet management as well as portable tracking devices. “Each MAX-7, NEO-7 and... read more

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Rand McNally GPS for RVers Includes Weather, Rear-View Camera Capability

October 2, 2012By
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Rand McNally today introduced the RVND 7720, a 7-inch RV GPS device with Wi-Fi connectivity allowing for real-time weather information and display, and new hardware with rugged casing, video input, and brighter screen. The new device — shipping now to stores, online retailers, and RV dealers and distributors — joins Rand McNally’s line of RVND GPS devices for RVers. Rand... read more

Telematic Future: eCall, Insurance, Drive-Share

January 1, 2012By
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Consider two notable developments in 2011 that will influence the development of consumer transportation: China became the largest manufacturer of automobiles, producing more than 18 million vehicles, easily overtaking Europe and North America; smartphone volume shipments surpassed the volume of laptops and desktop PCs combined. Reflecting these two rising economic rockets, the November Munich Telematics show drew its largest attendance yet, 500-plus participants, and a greatly expanded exhibit area. read more

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Pulling in All Signals

March 1, 2010By
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Adding GLONASS to GPS gives a total of about 50 satellites, for a significant improvement in navigation availability, reliability, robustness, and convergence time through a new multi-GNSS precise point positioning (PPP) service. System performance and field results demonstrate that there is no need to await future constellations — better performance is available now. read more

GNSS Receiver Evaluation

January 1, 2009By
FIGURE 1. Traditional in-vehicle receiver testing.

This article addresses how best to quantify “which navigation system performs best” in a realistic testing scenario. The methodology focuses on land vehicles navigating in urban environments, but applies equally well to pedestrian navigation and can be adapted for testing assisted-GNSS implementations. During a drive test, the truth-reference system and RF recording system log samples to disk, with no need for the receivers under test to be included during the actual drive. read more