u-blox launches new firmware for ADR GNSS modules - GPS World

u-blox launches new firmware for ADR GNSS modules

June 7, 2016  - By

u-blox_NEO-M8Lu-blox has released its fourth generation firmware for 3D Automotive Dead Reckoning (ADR) GNSS modules and chip sets, the company announced during TU-Automotive 2016, which is being held June 8-9 in Novi, Michigan.

The Swiss-based company develops GPS technology, chip sets, miniaturized GPS modules, smart antennas and dead reckoning products. Designed for first mount or aftermarket road vehicle applications, such as in-car navigation, infotainment systems, telematics units and fleet management, the upgraded GNSS receiver now offers real-time continuous navigation output with an update rate of 20Hz, enabling low latency for applications such as interactive head-up displays.

The new firmware supports Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, QZSS and SBAS. It also supports the Galileo-based eCall European emergency call system, which will be required in new vehicles starting in 2018.

The DR performance has been enhanced, the company says, which improves navigation performance, especially in highly urban environments where satellite signals are heavily blocked by and reflected from buildings. The high performance of the u-blox M8 concurrent positioning engine combined with the latest u-blox 3D ADR technology results in 100 percent coverage and continuous 3D positioning.

The new firmware will be delivered on u-blox NEO-M8L modules and is available for UBX-M8030-Kx-DR dead reckoning chips, including the new automotive grade variant supporting operation up to 105 degrees Celsius.