Septentrio GPS/GNSS technology will be one of the components in the Smart Highway system that was launched this week with a live demonstration in Antwerp, Belgium. A section of a highway will be dedicated as a test environment for technology that prepares Belgium for automated driving and truck platooning. 

Roadside units along the highway will feature GNSS receivers acting as reference stations, sending out continuous positioning corrections. Onboard GNSS units will use these corrections together with built-in quality indicators to calculate trustworthy, sub-decimeter positioning. They will also provide timing for syncing the multitude of sensors onboard the vehicles.

“We are excited to be a part of the Smart Highway testbed which is aimed at improving road safety and traffic flow,” said Jan Van Hees, Business Development Director at Septentrio. “The automotive ecosystem is undergoing a shift toward automation enabled by the latest technology in communications, sensors, and precise positioning. Our role in this project builds upon our strategy to continue providing high-accuracy, reliable positioning solutions aimed at the automotive industry.”

Septentrio says its Advanced Interference Mitigation (AIM+) technology shields receivers from interference. On a highway, an increasing number of trucks are equipped with illegal jamming devices to avoid road tolling. These jamming devices can interfere with GPS signals used by other vehicles and infrastructure.

Smart Highway, which is a project of the Flemish government, is coordinated by imec, a research and innovation hub of nano-electronics and digital technology. Septentrio, Toyota, Ericsson, and Telenet are contributing industry partners for the project, while UAntwerpen, UGent, and others are research partners. On the European level, the CONCORDA project supports research and development of automated vehicle technology and infrastructure in Germany, Spain, France, Netherlands, and Belgium.