Trimble and Qualcomm Technologies will together produce precise-positioning solutions for select automotive applications. The companies will integrate Trimble’s RTX technology with select Qualcomm Snapdragon™ Automotive 4G and 5G platforms.
The aim is to deliver a highly accurate positioning solution essential for maintaining absolute in-lane positioning. The solution will increase the adoption of road-level navigation and emergency services applications, as well as satisfy requirements for developing Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving solutions.
SaaS Technology Company, Trimble’s RTX technology provides real-time, multi-constellation GNSS corrections and positioning. The company claims it is capable of achieving 2-centimeter horizontal accuracy worldwide, compared to uncorrected GNSS positioning that can be accurate to several meters.
Qualcomm has a rich legacy of GNSS breakthroughs. The company has expanded the GNSS capabilities to support all of the major global and regional GNSS constellations such as GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS, and most recently has added support for the L1, L2, and L5 bands on the Snapdragon 4G and 5G Automotive platforms including a Precise Positioning Framework.
According to the company, this framework ensures consistency in access and use of precise positioning information and incorporates the use of GNSS corrections technology. Tight integration of GNSS functionality in conjunction with the modem reception of the corrections allows for minimum latencies and optimal performance of the precise-positioning solution from the telematics system and provides automakers with a global location platform to meet the requirements of next-generation vehicles.
The companies believe that the combined solution will provide reliable, consistent, high-accuracy positioning, in a broadcast format, to serve even the most precise requirements of the automotive and transportation industries.
“Highly accurate positioning is quickly becoming an important element of connected vehicle solutions to support Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) and other autonomy applications,” said Lars Boeryd, senior director, product marketing, Qualcomm Technologies. “For this very reason, we are working with Trimble to host the RTX precise positioning software library on our Snapdragon Automotive 4G and 5G platforms to offer a robust end-to-end highly accurate position solution for the automotive industry.”
An RTX-enabled Snapdragon evaluation kit (EVK) is expected to be available by early 2020, for use by automotive OEMs, Tier 1 suppliers or other stakeholders considering absolute positioning as part of their autonomy solution.
Source: Press Release