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11 October 2019

Septentrio demos AV localisation tech

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com

Septentrio provided GPS/global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology for computer vision supplier Artisense’s Visual Inertial Navigation System (VINS).

Septentrio says the GNSS technology provides centimetre-level positioning to the VINS system with the accuracy required for lane-level manoeuvring and vehicle to vehicle warning systems. Cameras and inertial sensors continue localisation as the vehicle moves into tunnels or parking garages with no line of sight to GNNS satellites, the company adds.

The VINS is expected to combine computer vision, inertial sensors and GNSS measurements to deliver 3D positioning and orientation information in any environment, even indoors.

Septentrio business development director Jan Van Hees says: “The result of our cooperation is precise localisation in any environment offering positioning reliability and redundancy needed for safety-critical applications such as autonomous vehicles or robotics.”

A demonstration at Auto.ai in Berlin offered rides around the German capital in a car featuring VINS technology. One screen inside the car continuously displayed its location as the system continued localisation in all locations including tunnels and parking garages. The second screen featured a real-time 3D point-cloud reconstruction of the car’s surroundings.

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