NovAtel’s SPAN Land Vehicle Technology Optimizes GNSS + INS Performance

Published: 10 May 2017

NovAtel’s SPAN Land Vehicle firmwareNovAtel has introduced its new SPAN Land Vehicle technology for fixed wheel land vehicle applications, which optimizes integrated GNSS + INS performance for land vehicles during periods of extended GNSS outage, in low dynamic operating environments, or in dense urban canyons. SPAN Land Vehicle ensures that accurate position, velocity and attitude is maintained during such difficult operating environments. The new technology was announced at the AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2017 trade show.

NovAtel uses intelligent vehicle dynamics modelling and its patented Antenna Phase Windup technology to achieve the performance of SPAN Land Vehicle. The intelligent vehicle modelling identifies Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) errors in the integrated GNSS + INS system that accumulate after extended GNSS outages, and reduces the impact of those errors within the SPAN solution. NovAtel’s Antenna Phase Windup technology is used to sense changes in direction, and when combined with intelligent vehicle modelling, corrects for IMU errors in attitude (roll, pitch, yaw).

SPAN Land Vehicle performance can be enhanced further by adding an external sensor such as a Distance Measurement Instrument (DMI), dual antennas or any other external position, velocity or attitude input. It is available on NovAtel’s entire line of SPAN supported IMUs.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.

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