Precise positioning via u-blox F9
u-blox announced the u-blox F9 technology platform, intended to deliver high-precision positioning solutions for industrial and automotive applications. The platform combines multi-band Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology with dead reckoning, high-precision algorithms, and compatibility with various GNSS correction data services to reportedly achieve precision down to the centimeter level. u-blox F9 was designed to pave the way for the next generation of high precision navigation, augmented reality, and unmanned vehicles.
The u-blox F9 platform uses GNSS signals in multiple frequency bands (L1/L2/L5) to correct positioning errors caused by the ionosphere and deliver fast time to first fix (Fast TTFF). Its ability to receive signals from all GNSS constellations (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou) further improves performance by increasing the number of satellites that are visible at any given time. Standalone u-blox F9 solutions achieve meter-level accuracy, according to the company.
To achieve centimeter-level accuracy, u-blox F9 offers optional on-chip Real Time Kinematic (RTK) technology. In addition to offering an open interface to legacy GNSS correction service providers, it supports the main GNSS correction services.
The u-blox F9 platform is optimized for low power consumption and to provide security with built-in jamming and spoofing detection systems that protect against intentional and unintentional interference. Dead reckoning technology based on inertial sensors extends high-precision performance to otherwise challenging urban environments.
Automotive applications of the technology include lane level navigation for head-up displays and vehicular infotainment systems as well as for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication.
In the industrial realm, u-blox F9 can enable mass adoption of commercial unmanned vehicle applications including drones and ground vehicles such as heavy trucks or robotic lawnmowers.
More information can be found at http://www.u-blox.com/.