Mitsubishi Tests xAUTO Autonomous-driving Vehicle

Since May 2016, Japanese car manufacturer Mitsubishi has been conducting expressway-based field testing of its xAUTO vehicle and related autonomous-driving technologies for self-sensing and network-based driving. The self-sensing driving technology combines various peripheral-sensing technologies, called Diamond Safety, including a forward-monitoring millimetre-wave radar with wide viewing angle, a forward-monitoring camera and a backward side-monitoring millimetre-wave radar. Its infrastructural driving technology uses high-accuracy 3D mapping in combination with a centimetre-level augmentation service (CLAS) broadcast from the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). Together, Mitsubishi's self-sensing and network-based driving technologies enable autonomous driving with high levels of safety and convenience. Overview of Field Tests Autonomous... (read more)
2017-10-24 10:51:16

Driving Global Collaboration

GIM International Interviews Abbas Rajabifard
The Global Spatial Data Infrastructure Association (GSDI) promotes international cooperation and collaboration in support of local, national and international spatial data infrastructure (SDI) developments that will allow nations to better address social, economic and environmental issues of pressing importance. Current president of the GSDI is Associate Professor Abbas Rajabifard, director of the Centre for SDIs and Land Administration at the Department of Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Melbourne. His research interests include planning, management and implementation of spatial data infrastructures (including marine and seamless SDI), spatially-enabled government and society, SDI and concepts of virtual jurisdictions, SDI and enabling platforms,... (read more)
2011-03-28 03:18:31

Driving Vertical Towers

Surveying for High-rise Structures
The construction of iconic towers such as the 828-metre high Burj Khalifa (formerly Burj Dubai), officially inaugurated on 4th January 2010 in Dubai, poses many challenges to surveyors. Tall towers may bend and sway in the wind, with cranes and other loads. Ideally, such motion should centre on the as-designed main axis, so that in the absence of load the tower stands precisely vertical, but deviations occur as a result of raft settlement, concrete shortening and construction tolerances. The author presents a new, patented measurement system capable of driving the highest towers in an exactly vertical direction. To guarantee the... (read more)
2010-06-28 01:57:50

Demonstrating Safe High-precision GNSS Positioning and Correction Solutions for Autonomous Driving

Septentrio, a leader in high-precision GNSS technology, and Sapcorda, specialized in safe broadcasted GNSS correction services, have announced live demonstration of a safe high-accuracy positioning and correction solution for automated driving. The companies have combined their respective technologies to seamlessly deliver the benefits of Space State Representation (SSR) technology to OEM car makers and Tier 1 integrators. These benefits include decimetre-accuracy within seconds, anywhere over an entire continent, to support autonomy levels from lane keeping to full autonomy in a totally homogeneous coverage. The GNSS augmentation service is scalable through simple broadcast corrections, and safety-awareness is provided via Sapcorda’s integrity... (read more)
2019-01-16 09:37:32

Airbus and ZF to Develop High-precision End-to-end Autonomous Driving Solution

Airbus Defence and Space and ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a system provider for mobility, are collaborating to enrich and complement ZF's on-board system to enhance autonomous driving by using Airbus satellite-derived information. Under this collaboration, Airbus and ZF are combining their capabilities and expertise to offer a reliable end-to-end solution for self-driving and self-positioning vehicles. To answer the extreme level of accuracy required, Airbus provides its unique high-precision ground control points (GCPs), calculated using radar satellite imagery, to support the fusion of ZF sensor data such as Lidar and Radar. In addition, the GCPs serve as independent data source to improve... (read more)
2019-04-17 09:48:33

Driving EO Innovation in Europe

Copernicus, Europe’s most ambitious Earth observation (EO) programme to date, generates ten petabytes of free EO data every year for use by European governments, organisations and citizens. Big data from space holds great potential for innovative ideas and solutions in many sectors, and the Copernicus Masters – Europe’s leading competition dedicated to EO applications – helps to drive such innovations. In this article, Thorsten Rudolph, managing director of AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen which organises the Copernicus Masters, explores how the competition functions as a deal flow pipeline and innovation driver. The incredible development of EO’s commercialisation got a big boost seven... (read more)
2018-04-10 11:08:31

Paving the Way for Self-driving Cars

The Impressive Contribution of Geomatics to Autonomous Driving
Since Karl Benz was granted a patent for his first internal combustion engine in 1879, the automotive industry has changed substantially. Or has it? The main principle remains the same: cars still have four wheels, a petrol- or diesel-powered engine – electric cars are still underrepresented and so far there are just a few hydrogen cars publicly available in select markets – and they still need to be driven by a human being. However, a major change is just around the corner: self-driving vehicles. And they won’t get far without geomatics technologies, claims Wim van Wegen, content manager of 'GIM International'.... (read more)
2017-02-24 11:34:49

Driving Dutchman Tour to Capture US Cycloramas

CycloMedia, The Netherlands, has launched its Driving Dutchman Tour, which will see one of the company's Dutch employees traversing the most populated areas of the southern United States to acquire large-scale 360-degree panoramic (Cycloramas) to help professionals save time and money. The journey will be documented on social networks. While the main purpose of the tour is to build sample datasets for prospective clients, the cross-country adventures of the driver will be chronicled via a blog – as well as on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram – so that readers can share the trials and tribulations along the way. The blog... (read more)
2013-06-19 11:52:41

Checking Pile Driving Using Scanning and Topocad

When expanding the infrastructure with new roads and intersections, sustainable solutions and stable constructions are needed. Pile driving is a key element of this process. To guarantee quality when checking pile driving, consultancy company Projektengagemang Geografisk Information, Sweden, has developed a method that combines scanning and Topocad. Göran Norberg, a surveyor at the consultancy company, is currently working on a project involving the construction of four bridges on a section of road between Hjulsta and Kista, just north of Stockholm. His job involves transferring data from drawings to the site where the bridges are to be built and resolving any... (read more)
2012-12-04 12:09:46
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