Hexagon’s new PIM7500 GNSS receiver chosen for autonomous buses

May 24, 2018  - By

The Hexagon PIM7500 GNSS receiver.

Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division has released the PIM7500 GNSS receiver explicitly designed for autonomous automotive platform development and solutions.

The single-sided receiver features a compact form factor that solders down directly for easy integration with electronic control modules and artificial intelligence (AI) development platforms, the company said.

The new receiver features dual-frequency GNSS reception from all available constellations including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, NavIC, QZSS and SBAS. It offers sub-meter and centimeter-level positioning using Hexagon Correction Services to deliver the high-accuracy positioning required for the autonomous industry.

The PIM7500 is available in low to mid-volume quantities, making it a suitable GNSS receiver for mileage accumulation fleets.

“Hexagon Positioning Intelligence has a strong commitment to the automotive market and will utilize its leadership in GNSS-based technology to provide high precision and safe positioning systems to the automotive market — now and in the future,” said Andreas Niemann, business development manager at Hexagon Positioning Intelligence.

PIM7500 chosen for autonomous buses

Autonomous commuter buses are being developed by Bertrandt, with the PIM7600 GNSS receiver. The test system will be installed on a bus in Regensburg, Germany. (Photo: Patrick Reinig)

Bertrandt, a European company that specializes in automotive controls technology development, has selected the PIM7500 receiver as the precise positioning component on its innovation platform.

Bertrandt’s innovation platform uses the PIM7500 receiver and inertial measurement unit (IMU) from Hexagon Positioning Intelligence, combined with lidar sensors, to perform image processing for object detection, collect precise route data and generate highly accurate maps.

The innovation platform will be implemented on one of the public transportation electric busses in Regensburg, Germany.

“We are pleased to have Hexagon Positioning Intelligence onboard our innovation platform for this project,” said Ulrich Haboeck, team leader of electronics and software development at Bertrandt. “Hexagon Positioning Intelligence is the perfect fit to provide the GNSS sensor components for the platform because their technology will ensure the success of the project.”

Bertrandt announced the innovation platform on May 16. Hexagon Positioning Intelligence will be participating in Bertrandt’s TechDays Sept. 27-28 to demonstrate automotive and safety-critical GNSS and inertial solutions.

“Bertrandt is an ideal technology partner for us, and we are excited to be invited to have the PIM7500 as a component on their innovation platform,” Niemann said.