Apologies for the blatantly commercial post. It’ll be the only one I promise.
Racelogic are announcing their indoor positioning system for the automotive testing market.
First off, the fancy videos:
Outdoor to indoor transitions in a large hanger: https://vimeo.com/364057234
Driving through a tunnel: https://youtu.be/uAc_D37i5UA
Steering a car using only UWB: https://vimeo.com/363324210 (Yes I know we are outdoors but the GPS antenna is disconnected I promise)
Now the boring text bit:
Designed to integrate seamlessly with their VBOX product line of GPS/GNSS based data loggers the Racelogic VBOX Indoor Positioning System (yes VIPS, sorry, blame marketing for the name) allows the user to seamlessly transition from GNSS to UWB and back at speeds of over to 100 km/h while maintaining a constant 100 Hz position and velocity update rate.
Because all the calculations take place on the car on dedicated processors rather than taking place on a PC and then transferred back over a radio link the output has a low and constant output latency.
The system architecture allows for a large areas to be covered seamlessly. A 2-3 lane wide road could be covered for over 2 miles (in theory at least, if anyone has a 2 mile long tunnel we can use for testing then let me know.)
The system has been designed with ease of use a key consideration. Once installed in a building there is virtually no on car setup, just put the antenna on the roof and enter the separation between the GNSS and UWB antennas. The system will read everything else it needs to know from the building infrastructure.
The system also allows for temporary test setups, two people can get a basic setup covering 120 x 30 m with GPS alignment to allow indoor/outdoor transitions up and running in just over an hour. If you don’t need to go outside and are willing to sacrifice a few cm of accuracy then a quick setup can be done in around 20 minutes.
While the initial release is intended to be heavily targeted towards our existing automotive customer base using our VBOX product line the UWB system is fully independent and can output positions and velocities in latitude/longitude or meters at 100 Hz. The on car unit is a dome around 11 cm high and wide, is IP 67 rated and draws around 2 W of power.
For people who are interested in seeing it in action there will be a launch event in Bicester, Oxfordshire on the 23rd and 24th of this month. The system will also be on show at the ATE show in Novi, Michigan from the 22nd to the 24th this month.
OK that’s it, other than answering questions on this thread no more sales pitch.