High precision positioning will drive the next generation of autonomous vehicles for a smarter, cleaner world.

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From drones to cars, to tractors, our world is shifting to one where machines drive themselves. This new level of automation will make our world safer, cleaner, and more convenient, and it will depend on high precision GNSS positioning.

As the IoT is bringing data from the physical world to the cloud, unmanned vehicles will turn that data into action. Intelligent Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), self‑driving cars, automated farming equipment, and ground vehicles, will use precise positioning to drive the automated world of the future. This market is big and growing – estimated to be worth US$ 30 billion by 2022.

In the air

Unmanned aerial vehicles are transforming our skies, changing how mapping, inspection, and even logistics works. Drones are mapping areas that used to take teams days to survey are being done in hours. UAVs are allowing construction and real estate inspections from a new perspective, and drones may solve the last‑mile delivery problem plaguing the logistics industry.

On the roads

Our cars are getting smarter and more autonomous – but to make the final leap to self‑autonomy more precision is needed. High precision GNSS gives centimeter‑level positioning, ensuring autonomous or semi‑autonomous cars stay in their lanes, and at appropriate distances from other vehicles. Self‑driving shuttles and buses can follow precise routes to deliver passengers from door‑to‑door without manual intervention.

On the ground

Besides self‑driving cars, a whole array of other ground vehicles are becoming autonomous, improving efficiency, safety, and reducing costs. Agricultural equipment such as tractors require precise guidance over fields while plowing, planting, tilling or harvesting. Machines ranging from mining equipment and heavy machinery to lawnmowers all need to be in the right place at the right time to do their job.

High precision GNSS make it happen.

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