Research and Development Projects with Public Funding

KI-NAVI

Background:
Autonomous driving requires precise and reliable position information. This can only be achieved by using multiple complementary and redundant sensors, e.g. Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers, inertial sensors, wheel odometry, camera, radar or Lidar. Obviously, there is a need for a sophisticated sensor fusion.

Project topic:
The goal of KI-NAVI is the development of an AI-aided high-precision positioning system with a powerful sensor fusion for autonomous driving. Conventional positioning techniques such as Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) positioning and Kalman filter-based sensor fusion shall be enhanced by camera and 3D Lidar data. A very important part of the project will be the integration of newest Artificial Intelligence (AI) algorithms for three objectives:

– Determination of motion information by AI-based Lidar/ visual odometry
– Determination of 3D maps with semantic information
– Monitory of functional safety

The sensor fusion architecture of KI-NAVI is shown below. The positioning system includes an ANavS Multi-Sensor RTK module (with 3 embedded Multi-frequency, Multi-GNSS receivers, an inertial sensor and a CAN interface for wheel odometry), a 3D Lidar, a stereo camera and a powerful processing architecture

Project key numbers:

Project period:
01.09.2019 – 31.08.2022

Project partners:
ANavS GmbH
Technische Universität München
3D Mapping Solutions GmbH

Project leader:
Dr. Patrick Henkel, ANavS GmbH

Funded by:
German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

OPA3L

Background:
The goal of the research project “Optimal Assisted, highly Automatized, Autonomous and Cooperative Vehicle Localization and Navigation” (OPA3L) is the automation of recurring car drives in a known environment and the development of solutions for cooperative maneuvers in these areas.

Project contribution of ANavS:
ANavS contributes to the project with the development of a multi-sensor localization. Important steps will the development of new algorithms for monitoring the integrity of the sensor fusion or the integration of a Lidar Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) algorithm into its Multi-Sensor, Multi-frequency RTK positioning. The test vehicles of IAV will also be equipped with the Multi-Sensor RTK positioning modules of ANavS.

Project key numbers:

Project period:
01.03.2019 – 14.02.2023

Project partners:
Universität Bremen, 
IAV GmbH, Chemnitz
Universität der Bundeswehr, Neubiberg
ANavS GmbH, München

Project leader (at ANavS):
Dr. Patrick Henkel, ANavS GmbH

Funded by:
German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi)

Prepare Ships

Prepare Ships is creating a smart positioning solution by developing and demonstrating a data fusion of different sensor and signal sources to enable a robust navigation application. The idea is that vessels with accurate positioning based on EGNSS, data and machine-learning should be able to predict future positions of nearby vessels. Besides a decreased risk for collisions, this also means additional benefits in the form of a more energy effective manoeuvring of the vessels, something which can also reduce the environmental impact of shipping in line with IMO’s targets.

Link to official project website: Prepare Ships

Project key numbers:

Project period:
01.12.2019 – 31.01.2022

Project partners:
RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden
SAAB, Sweden
Telko, Norway
ANavS GmbH, Germany
Lantmäteriet, Sweden

Project leader (at ANavS):
Dr. Patrick Henkel, ANavS GmbH

Funded by:
European GNSS Agency,
H2020-SPACE-EGNSS-2019-2020

PoK-UVM:

PoK-UVM is an R&D project co-funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy. It aims at developing technologies for safe integration of drones into future UAS Traffic Management Systems (UTM / U-Space). ANavS contributes to the project with a resilient positioning system that integrates position information obtained from satellite communication systems (e.g. Iridium) into its Multi-Sensor RTK positioning modules.

Publication of ANavS related to scope of project:
Precise 6D RTK Positioning System for UAV-based Near-Field Antenna Measurements

Further project information

Project key numbers:

Project period:
01.12.2018 – 30.11.2021

Project partners:
esc Aerospace GmbH, Taufkirchen
ANavS GmbH, Germany

Project leader (at ANavS):
Dr. Patrick Henkel, ANavS GmbH

Funded by:
Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy
Informations- und Kommunikationstechnik (IuK-Programm)

NAVISP-EL1-026 is an R&D project funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) with the goal to enable ultra-high accuracy positioning in challanging environments.
The need for high accuracy PNT in challenging environments has become obvious and, henceforth, mandatory for many applications. Currently, an accuracy target of 1 m in an urban environment seems a realistic achievement with multi-GNSS PPP or RTK capabilities. A significant R&D effort is ongoing to reach this target in operational products, using carrier phase positioning (PPP and RTK) and European institutions are actively taking their part in this effort.
In most hybrid PNT systems, GNSS is rightly considered the primary source of high-accuracy positioning, including in urban environments. Hence, current techniques and R&D efforts rely on GNSS as the primary source of high accuracy for both absolute and relative positioning.
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