Enabling automation and driverless vehicles through positioning

The availability of mass-market high precision positioning has given rise to a slew of new, innovative applications across automotive, industrial, and consumer markets. The geographical fragmentation of GNSS augmentation services has, however, been a thorn in the side of product manufacturers, including carmakers and their suppliers, who would benefit from being able to design their autonomous driving solutions to use the same service in all markets.

Position Partners is a well-established provider of real-time kinematic (RTK) GNSS augmentation data across Australia and New Zealand. The company was seeking to complement its current AllDayRTK offering, which primarily targets construction, mining, and agriculture applications requiring high precision positioning technology, with a mass-market-focused offering that scales effortlessly and allows for more cost-effective distribution models.

Position Partners identified u-blox’s PPP-RTK PointPerfect GNSS augmentation service as the ideal solution for automotive, micromobiity, and industrial applications. A key factor in favour of PointPerfect was the service’s broadcast nature, allowing it to be delivered to any number of customers using a single GNSS augmentation data stream. Moreover, pay-as-you-go distribution models increase the service’s attractiveness, ensuring that customers only pay for the services they use.

“We look forward to offering customers and partners throughout Australia and New Zealand the u-blox PointPerfect GNSS augmentation service,” says James Millner, Positioning Infrastructure Manager at Position Partners. “PointPerfect will complement our AllDayRTK network service and open up new opportunities for applications such as field robotics, GNSS-enabled Internet of Things, safety, and intelligent mobility solutions.”

“This partnership with Position Partners is another steppingstone towards our strategic objective of enabling new automotive, industrial, and consumer applications with a globally available, mass-market-focused GNSS augmentation service,” says Franco de Lorenzo Principal Product Owner, Product Centre Services, at u-blox.

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