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u-blox launches positioning module for road vehicle and navigation apps

Iain Morris
November 12, 2014

Hardware player u-blox has launched a new positioning module aimed at road vehicle and high-accuracy navigation applications.

The Swiss company says the device – branded the NEO-M8L – integrates motion, direction and elevation sensors and can be used to guide drivers through tunnels of several kilometres or to provide the location of an accident to facilitate insurance claims.

Stolen vehicles can be located instantly, says u-blox (Thalwil, Swizterland), due to the continuous monitoring of sensor data.

“Devices for usage-based insurance, stolen vehicle recovery, road pricing, fleet management, emergency services, and vehicle navigation depend on reliable, uninterrupted positioning including tunnels, park houses and stacked highways,” said Thomas Nigg, the vice president of product strategy at u-blox. “The NEO-M8L is the ideal solution for all road vehicle-based applications, able to calculate a position in all circumstances based on its own internal sensors, regardless of satellite visibility and end-device orientation.”

The small size of the module means it can be installed easily and at low cost.

Because it uses the vehicle’s speed information and onboard sensors, it allows readings to be taken even when satellite connectivity is unavailable.

Moreover, an odometer function will provide accurate data about distances travelled.

The module is able to track all visible GNSS satellites, including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS and all SBAS, according to u-blox, and can send details of position up to 20 times per second.

Samples and evaluation kits are due to become available in September, says u-blox.
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