Swift Navigation is a San Francisco-based startup ready to make autonomous vehicles a reality with centimeter-accurate GPS technology. The company has recently unveiled the Piksi™ Multi— a multi-band, multi-constellation high-precision GNSS receiver. Like the original Piksi module, the new Piski Multi is revolutionizing the industry with prices much lower than competitors.
Swift Navigation uses real-time kinematics (RTK) solutions, meaning locations are 100 times more accurate than traditional GPS. This level of precision is imperative in autonomous devices, especially for vehicles preforming critical functions.
Piksi Multi supports GPS L1/L2 and is hardware-ready for GLONASS G1/G2, BeiDou B1/B2, Galileo E1/E5b, QZSS L1/L2 and SBAS. Multiple signal bands enable convergence times measured in seconds, not minutes. Multiple satellite constellations enhance availability in new environments.
The Piksi Multi Evaluation Kit has also been upgraded with all new components. The new kit contains 2 Piksi Multi GNSS modules, 2 integrator-friendly evaluation boards, 2 GNSS survey-grade antennas, 2 high-performance radios, delivering best-in-class reliability and range — well over 10 kilometers — and all of the accessories required for rapid prototyping and integration. Despite these top tier components, the Evaluation Kit is the lowest-priced multi-band RTK kit on the market, at $2,000.
Piksi Multi is an open platform, allowing users to run Linux OS and quickly prototype and adopt their own applications. It also provides fast convergence times with the Multi-Band, robust positioning and future proof hardware with in-field software upgrades.
“With the launch of Piksi Multi, Swift is taking another huge step forward in delivering affordable and highly-precise GNSS technology,” said Swift Navigation CEO, Timothy Harris. “No one else is able to offer the centimeter-accuracy, enhanced availability and fast convergence times at such a low cost. Piksi Multi will continue to revolutionize the autonomous devices category, which is growing at an unbelievable rate.”
The Piksi Multi is being debut in Hamburg, Germany at InterGeo now. Pre-orders can be submitted online at www.swiftnav.com; the product is expected to ship early next year.