Transportation

Euroship Services Gets eLoran as Backup

May 21, 2015By
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Ship management company EuroShip Services Ltd. has installed eLoran as a backup to GPS to ensure the safety of its vessels operating off the coast of the United Kingdom. The trial installation may lead to implementation across the full fleet of 16 vessels managed by Euroship, working routes in Northern Europe. The land-based radio navigation system is intended to seamlessly... read more

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Fleetmatics’ Intelligent Routing Tool Coming This Summer

May 20, 2015By
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A new routing program from Fleetmatics Group is coming this summer. Fleetmatics Routist is an intelligent routing optimization solution that systematically builds the most cost-effective, customer-friendly routes for fleets. Fleetmatics Routist seamlessly calculates and deploys route plans to drivers in the field, and features real-time and historical data that gives users the most holistic view into routing performance, the company said. Fleetmatics Routist... read more

New Airbus A350 Airliner Comes EGNOS-Capable

May 18, 2015By
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The EGNOS system has been adopted by a growing number of airports to enable satellite-guided landing approaches. The new Airbus A350 airliner, currently entering service, comes fitted with it as standard. read more

Derailed Train in Philadelphia Lacked Automatic Controls

May 13, 2015By

An automatic train control system — many of which use GPS — was not installed on the commuter rail route where an Amtrak train left the track on Tuesday, according to the National Transportation Safety Board. The advanced safety technology, known as positive train control, is designed to prevent high-speed derailments. Seven people were killed and more than 200 injured when... read more

Satnav Augmentation Systems Settle on Common Channels Post-2020

May 7, 2015By
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The 28th Satellite-based Augmentation Systems Interoperability Working Group endorsed the "message definition" for a new secondary SBAS channel — to be known as L5, along with the current L1 — for the planned second-generation SBAS systems, which will utilize dual-frequency multi-constellation signals. read more

Expert Advice: Sensor Fusion for Highly Automated Driving

May 1, 2015By
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High-Precision GNSS Needs Help for Continuous Localization Reliability By Siamak Akhlaghi Automotive safety and comfort functions, known as Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), have become an essential part of modern vehicles. These functions assist drivers in the driving process, providing capabilities such as adaptive cruise control or highway driving mode. To achieve a desired level of performance, the position of the... read more

Protecting Position in Critical Operations

April 30, 2015By
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In January, the U.S. Coast Guard described how a major East Coast intermodal shipping facility was degraded by a GPS disruption for more than seven hours. read more

FAA Hits Milestone for NextGen Air Traffic Control

April 30, 2015By

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx today announced a significant NextGen milestone with the completion of En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM), a highly advanced computer system used by air traffic controllers to safely manage high-altitude traffic. ERAM was designed to be the operating platform for NextGen technologies, including the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) system. ADS-B transmits information about altitude, airspeed and location derived through... read more