Applanix and WatCAR collaborating on advanced guidance and control technologies
Applanix, a Trimble Company, announced that it is collaborating on advanced research for autonomous vehicle guidance and control systems with the Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (WatCAR) at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada. Applanix will provide WatCAR, which conducts advanced research to further automotive innovation and competitiveness, with its Positioning and Orientation System (POS) for testing autonomous guidance and control systems in real-world conditions. Applanix will also provide the Trimble GNSS-Inertial board set for integration with car systems and sensors to enable precise positioning.
Applanix technology will be used by WatCAR to assess the performance of the guidance and control systems on board its autonomous vehicles. This testing will take place in challenging conditions and environments including: roads under repair, roads with lane reductions and closures, roads that are wet or covered in snow, and roads where there is poor visibility. Applanix will also provide WatCAR with Trimble on-board GNSS-Inertial board set designed for high-performance, high-volume Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) applications.
"We are excited to collaborate with the University of Waterloo and WatCAR on this leading research in autonomous vehicle technology," said Louis Nastro, Director of Land Products at Applanix.
"We welcome the opportunity to work with Applanix, a leader in reference systems. Their technology identifies, with very high accuracy, the exact location of our vehicle at all times," said Ross McKenzie, Managing Director of WatCAR. "Applanix is a valued industry partner and their team is great to work with. Going forward we anticipate a solution that will enable autonomous vehicles to traverse the real world reliably and safely."