Autonomous Vehicles

Autonomous Vehicles – Science Fiction to Science Fact

There are those of us, who remember a 1980s TV series where a 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am is able to negotiate its environment while communicating with its driver and performing a lot of other complex functions.

Previously the imaginative work of movie makers, self-driving and autonomous vehicles are fast becoming a reality. There are already a number of features found in a lot of cars such as collision avoidance, adaptive cruise control and lane departure to name a few.

Most recently a trial run was carried out by a Japanese car manufacturer in the UK.  A self-navigating car successfully drove itself 230 miles on UK roads.

Autonomous Vehicles – A Definition

An autonomous vehicle is a self-driving vehicle which is designed to anticipate the unexpected, detect obstacles and navigate around its environment with little or no human input.

They have to be ‘intelligent’ enough to not only ‘see’ their environment but also to know exactly where they are going, making allowances for any changes to the planned route ahead.

For this Autonomous Vehicles require a ‘Driver’. This ‘Driver’ is a sophisticated collection of sensors, computers and Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) controlled Digital Maps.

Autonomous Vehicles - Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)

Autonomous Vehicles are heavily reliant on knowing it’s position, whether this is for anticipating the road layout ahead or making necessary (shortest possible) changes to changes to the route ahead.

Getting the best performance out of GNSS is achieved by using the best equipment. 

Autonomous Vehicles - How can we help?

Working closely with our designers and manufacturers we are pleased to offer the most cutting-edge GNSS/Satellite System antenna and receiver technology.

Antennas

Starting with a ‘clear view’ of the sky, antennas are one of the most critical components when designing any autonomous system. Giving an autonomous vehicle a view of more than one satellite constellation increases the accuracy of the autonomous systems. Giving a view of more than one band more than one satellite constellation provides an exceptional view of the sky.
Innovelec are pleased to offer Triple Band GNSS antennas. Enabling a view three of the available frequency bands from multiple satellite constellations.
Innovelec are pleased to offer Dual Band GNSS antennas. Enabling a view of at least two of the available frequency bands from multiple satellite constellations.
Innovelec are pleased to offer Single Band GNSS antennas. Enabling a view one of the available frequency bands (typically the L1 Band) from one or more satellite constellations.

Receivers

The next most important thing, once a ‘clear view’ of the sky is established is how to interpret that view. An inexpensive GPS L1 only receiver will not be capable of taking advantage of the multiple frequency bands offered by multiple satellite constellations offered by a Triple Band GNSS antenna.
Whether they are required to install within equipment (Embedded/OEM) or pre housed with the intention of attaching to an autonomous vehicle. Innovelec has the right GNSS receiver to suit a varied range of requirements.
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