BMW has signed a contract with GMV, the Spanish technology conglomerate for developing a satellite-based positioning system for autonomous vehicles that it is planning to come up with.
GMV, which has the experience of developing integrity solutions for Galileo and EGNOS programs in Europe, has the credentials of working on the development of the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for over 10 years. The company already enjoys patent for as many as 9 products in the automotive market at present.
The company iterated that the solution that it is coming up with for the driverless BMV versions will comprise of specific positioning software, which will be embedded with the Vehicle Engine Control Unit (VECU). The primary objective of the software will be calculating the position of the vehicle at any given point in time, along with calculating all the other magnitudes, with the use of state of the art algorithms.
As per an official press release, these algorithms are specifically developed, modified and adapted to meet the performance demands as well as the safety norms of BMW. All these parameters that are practiced and followed in BMW are far stricter than those followed in aviation GNSS. The software is supposed to adhere to the most demanding automotive standards and the highest level of quality parameters.
Apart from its R&D to come up with solutions in the automobile industry, GMV has also come up with its very own operational proprietary high-tech GNSS Precise Point Position solutions, known as magic PP solution. The solution is regarded as the most critical element of the magic GNSS and sets of products and services from GNSS.
For BMW, on the other hand, this agreement with GMV is a part of a much larger and more ambitious string of projects, whose key objective is to bring a revolution in the realm of autonomous vehicle capabilities.
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