Hexagon | NovAtel Introduces GNSS Positioning Module for ADAS Applications

Hexagon | NovAtel has added a new product to its family of automotive GNSS positioning products for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomy.  The PIM222A harnesses NovAtel's decades of experience delivering precise positioning in the most demanding applications for mass deployment in ADAS applications and autonomous vehicles.

Built with automotive-qualified hardware in a package that is easy to integrate, the PIM222A leverages SPAN® technology from NovAtel to provide accurate position data in urban environments that challenge GNSS availability. NovAtel's SPAN® technology tightly couples their OEM precision GNSS receivers with robust Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to provide reliable, continuously available, position, velocity and attitude-even through short periods of time when satellite signals are blocked or unavailable. Deeply coupled GNSS receivers and inertial measurement units (IMUs) ensure continuous availability of a position, velocity, and attitude, even when satellite signals are briefly blocked.

"I'm excited to introduce the PIM222A, truly the best of both worlds for high-performance GNSS and automotive standards. It really helps our customers jump-start their development activity for high-precision GNSS, and it fully supports performance for all levels of autonomy, ADAS, and positioning needs," said Gordon Heidinger, Segment Manager for Automotive and Safety-Critical Systems.

Key features of the PIM222A:

  • Instant position and attitude — faster IMU calibration.
  • Maintains accuracy longer into GNSS blackouts.
  • Tracks and holds more satellites for sustained solutions.
  • A higher resolution of application dynamics.
  • Proven precision for automotive applications.
  • Differential Distance Measurement Instrument (DMI) input via CAN.
  • High sensitivity.
  • 50 Hz Attitude.
  • High-volume affordability.

The PIM222A, which was created in collaboration with STMicroelectronics, is a lightweight, power-efficient, solder-down module that maximizes flexibility for integration. The receiver design can be applied to low, medium and high-production volumes while retaining a rich array of features, including options such as multi-frequency, multi-constellation, RTK, and dual-antenna precision.

The degree of slow-speed and initialization performance is maximized with the dual antenna feature, enabling the best possible positioning performance in all ADAS and autonomous driving situations.

Development kits for the PIM222A are available now for integrators in need of a positioning essentials solution for low- to high-quantity applications.

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