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u-blox Untethered 3D Dead Reckoning

u-blox leads automotive GNSS innovation with Untethered 3D Dead Reckoning

NEO‑M8U provides ubiquitous positioning standalone

Thalwil, Switzerland – February 17, 2016 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, announces the release of NEO‑M8U, the industry’s first Untethered 3D Dead Reckoning (UDR) module. Combining multi‑GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo) with an onboard 3D gyro/accelerometer, NEO‑M8U provides accurate positioning even where GNSS signals are weak or not available.  It achieves this without any connection to the vehicle other than power.

The u‑blox NEO‑M8U module provides superior multipath suppression, which improves position accuracy even in tough environments, such as urban canyons, tunnels, or parking garages. For example, in London’s city center area, NEO‑M8U is typically three times more accurate than a traditional GNSS receiver. In addition, NEO‑M8U offers instantaneous position immediately after power‑up, without the need to wait for a first fix as with regular GNSS receivers.

 

One of the key advantages of NEO‑M8U is the ease of product development and installation. NEO‑M8U looks and behaves just like a regular GNSS receiver and does not require any special mounting or connection to the vehicle. Thanks to its intelligent sensing and continuous self‑calibration, NEO‑M8U can be installed in the vehicle in any orientation.

 

Other features are its real‑time update rate of up to 20 Hz benefiting a smooth navigation behavior, as well as the high‑speed access to the raw sensor data allowing for driving behavior analysis and detection of sudden acceleration, such as during an accident.

 

“NEO‑M8U, with its performance and simplicity, is a game changer for a range of new use cases such as navigation, fleet management, road pricing, usage‑based insurance and even ‘find‑my‑car’ applications,” says Andrew Miles, Product Manager, Dead Reckoning at u‑blox. “The gain in accuracy by NEO‑M8U in three dimensions will enhance any vehicle based application in cities with high‑rise buildings and narrow streets.”

 

NEO‑M8U will be available in early Q2, 2016.  It can upgrade any existing NEO design due to the inherent pin and software compatibility to other NEO modules.

 

More information on UDR technology is available on u‑blox’s website:

 

NEO‑M8U will be displayed at the u‑blox booth (Hall 5: 5‑158) of Embedded World.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning semiconductors and modules for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. u‑blox solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA.

(www.u‑blox.com)

u-blox NEO-M8P

Centimeter-Level precise positioning from u-blox

Small, affordable and easy-to-integrate high-precision module

u-blox neo-m8p

NEO-M8P
u-blox M8 high precision GNSS modules

Highlights

-Centimeter‑level GNSS positioning for the mass market
-Integrated Real Time Kinematics (RTK) for fast time‑to‑market
-Smallest, lightest, and energy‑efficient RTK module
-Complete and versatile solution due to base and rover variants
-World‑leading GNSS positioning technology

The NEO-M8P is ideal for applications requiring vehicles to move faster and more accurately, operate without physical boundaries (e.g. wires or fences), and automatically return to base station platforms. Such applications include UAV, unmanned vehicles (e.g. robotic lawn mowers), and Precision Agriculture guidance. The NEO-M8P module enables the system integrator to access u-blox’s complete end-to-end RTK solution including the stationary “survey-in” functionality that is designed to reduce the setup time and increase the flexibility of the application.

NEO-M8P modules are compatible with a wide range of communication technologies (Cellular, WiFi, BlueTooth, UHF) enabling the user to select the communication link best suited to their application. With u-blox’s RTK technology, integration and software development efforts can be reduced, ensuring a minimal cost of ownership. u-blox M8 modules use GNSS chips qualified according to AEC-Q100, are manufactured in ISO/TS 16949 certified sites, and fully tested on a system level. Qualification tests are performed as stipulated in the ISO16750 standard: “Road vehicles – Environmental conditions and testing for electrical and electronic equipment”.

www.u-blox.com

u-blox NEO‑M8P

u-blox brings centimeter-level precision GNSS technology to the mass market

The NEO‑M8P offers high precision technology in small design for applications such as unmanned vehicles and robotic guidance systems

Thalwil, Switzerland – February 15, 2016 – u‑blox (SIX:UBXN), a global leader in wireless and positioning modules and chips, launched today the NEO‑M8P GNSS receiver modules delivering high performance down to centimeter‑level accuracy.

Measuring merely 12.2 x 16 x 2.4 mm, NEO‑M8P is the smallest high precision GNSS RTK (real time kinematic) module available on the market based on GPS and GLONASS satellite‑based navigation systems. The rover with the u‑blox NEO‑M8P­‑0 receives corrections from the u‑blox base receiver NEO‑M8P‑2 via a communication link that uses the RTCM (Radio Technical Commission for Maritime Services) protocol, enabling centimeter‑level positioning accuracy. The RTK algorithms are pre‑integrated into the module. As a result, the size and weight are significantly reduced, and power consumption is five times lower than existing solutions, thus cutting costs and improving usability dramatically. Customers can further reduce their R&D efforts, as they do not have to spend significant resources and time to develop an in‑house RTK solution on a separate microprocessor system.

 

RTK technologies have been used for some time in low‑volume niche markets, such as surveying and construction. Due to high costs and complexity, this enhanced positioning technology has been inaccessible for most other uses. Emerging high volume markets, such as unmanned vehicles, require high precision performance that is energy‑efficient and low in costs. Other application areas include agriculture and robotic guidance systems, such as tractors or robotic lawnmowers. The u‑blox NEO‑M8P answers these demands for a small‑sized, highly cost‑effective, and very precise RTK‑based module solution.

 

“NEO‑M8P lowers the barriers for innovative companies looking to develop equipment that needs centimeter‑level accuracy in many markets and applications, such as UAVs,” said Daniel Ammann, Executive Director Positioning and Co‑Founder of u‑blox. “Today, most solutions are based on board‑level receiver products. NEO‑M8P delivers performance that is simply a level above competitive offerings in terms of size and low‑power consumption, thereby providing easy integration into customers’ existing product platforms, as well as a significant saving in their cost of goods.”

 

u‑blox NEO‑M8P is available for sampling now and will be shipping in volumes in Q3’ 2016.

 

For more information visit the website.

 

NEO‑M8P will be displayed at the u‑blox booth (Hall 5: 5‑158) of Embedded World.

About u‑blox

Swiss u‑blox (SIX:UBXN) is a global leader in wireless and positioning semiconductors and modules for the automotive, industrial and consumer markets. Our solutions enable people, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and communicate wirelessly over cellular and short range networks. With a broad portfolio of chips, modules and software solutions, u‑blox is uniquely positioned to empower OEMs to develop innovative solutions for the Internet of Things, quickly and cost‑effectively. With headquarters in Thalwil, Switzerland, u‑blox is globally present with offices in Europe, Asia and the USA. (www.u‑blox.com)