GNSS Positioning for Autonomous Mass Transportation

By Mike Ball / 04 Jun 2020
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Advanced Smart Mobility autonomous bus with Trimble positioning

Trimble has released a case study outlining how the company’s GNSS positioning products are being used by Advanced Smart Mobility (ASM) and the University of Tokyo for research into autonomous driving and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) geared toward large trucks and buses.

Download the full case study here

Japan is currently undergoing a significant shortage of drivers for public mass transportation, and in order to solve this problem, the country seeks to create a smart public transportation system, including autonomous buses and trucks.

ASM’s research is focusing on how to build an autonomous system that responds accurately in multiple environments (urban, suburban and mountain areas). In order to perform correctly in those settings, the system needs to be stable and robust, while also being capable of delivering accurate vehicular localization.

In order to achieve the highest level of accuracy, ASM, who have a long-standing relationship with Trimble, has selected a number of the company’s products, including:

  • Trimble BX940 Enclosure – integrated GNSS-Inertial engine in a rugged sealed enclosure
  • BD940-INS GNSS-inertial receiver module – multi-constellation single-board receiver designed for easy integration
  • Zephyr 3 Rover antenna – lightweight GNSS antenna optimized for precision RTK and roving applications

Unmanned ground vehicles require high accuracy and reliability, with hardware that is easy to integrate to reduce development time and cost. To find out more about how Trimble’s positioning products can achieve these goals, download the full case study here.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion 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. Connect & Contact