Embention has recently released the Veronte Autopilot hardware version 4.8, focusing on increased safety and precision, as part of its continuous product improvement program.
Developed in order to help Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) manufacturers reach their goals, Embention has released Veronte Autopilot 4.8, designed and manufactured in compliance with DO178C, DO254, and DO160, as a replacement for the previous version 4.5.
According to Embention, the new Veronte Autopilot hardware version 4.8 has enhanced sensor accuracy and reliability: the sensors in Veronte Autopilot are significantly more accurate than previous ones, enabling improved navigation estimation during standard operation and in GNSS-denied navigation.
The new GNSS receivers in Veronte Autopilot have been improved in various aspects, such as supported constellations, accuracy, number of concurrent constellations, and frequency. The positioning accuracy has improved from 0.025m+1ppm to 0.01m+ppm CEP, which also improves RTK and GNSS heading estimation.
In order to offer the best performances in extreme scenarios and to pass more demanding quality and environmental tests, the new Veronte Autopilot has enhanced high-temperature hardware design and production materials. New materials are used in the PCB manufacturing, and these new fibers have better performance in heat conditions, extending the lifetime of the product. A new pressure port has also been included for measuring the pressure inside the autopilot for operations that require extended environmental control.
The new PCB design includes additional signals for failure detection that can communicate each one of the autopilot cores with the arbiter. The internal CAN Bus network has also been modified to enhance robustness.
A short-range 2.4GHz LOS communications module is included in all units, which enables an independent link for telemetry download and configuration. The system also includes a 4G BLOS module with extended coverage. BLOS communications and UTM capabilities are enabled through an eSIM card. The new hardware uses Veronte Cloud for managing fleets of aircraft. 4G works together with the Remote ID or ADS-B in order to provide collaborative detection and sensing.
Flexible and custom Kalman filters, high precision IMU sensors, and several other tools are included in the Veronte Autopilot in order to build safety automation if GNSS is lost.
Extended collaborative sense and avoid capabilities are enabled with the inclusion of internal Remote ID or ADS-B with IN/OUT, which complies with new FAA unmanned operation requirements.
Worldwide terrain altitude and the magnetic field are included in the Veronte Autopilot to enable the capability of the system to be operated at any point of the world without requiring an internet connection.