The Academic Motorsports Club Zurich (AMZ) was founded in 2006 by students of ETH Zurich. It has since produced numerous prototypes to compete in various «Formula Student» competitions. After producing 3 combustion engine cars, AMZ decided to move to electric racing cars.
Two years ago, they created a buzz by breaking the 0 to 100kph world record for an electric car. The vehicle reached 100kph in only 1.513 seconds! For comparison, the typical range for modern day F1 cars is between 2.1 to 2.7 seconds.
Last year, the team decided to participate in the first «Formula Student Driverless» competition within Formula Student Germany. As the name suggests, this category opposes race cars driven without any human intervention.
AMZ’s latest car, named after the famous Swiss mountain pass, weighs only 181 kilograms. With 156kw, the power-to-weight ratio is 0.86 kW/kg, a value that exceeds even supercars and gives the prototype its tremendous acceleration.
Formula Student Driverless competition being an autonomous race, IMU and GPS are among the most important components. That is why, after trying different brands, AMZ has selected Advanced Navigation Spatial Dual, a ruggedized miniature GPS aided INS and AHRS that provides accurate position, velocity, acceleration and orientation (click here to find out more).
"The Advance Navigation Spatial dual we used in our driverless racing car this season was a great choice'' said AMZ Chief Technical Officer Miguel de la Iglesia Valls.
The team was amazed by the performance of Advanced Navigation’s Inertial Navigation System ''First of all, its gyros and accelerometers have very low noise, which allowed us to have an accurate motion model for our Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) module. In addition, thanks to its two antennas, the heading accuracy is extremely high even at standstill. This accuracy combined with the velocity measurements from the GPS, and its IMU, allowed us to get robust velocity estimates even when the car is drifting or performing non-standard manoeuvres'' continued the CTO.
At Advanced Navigation, we are very proud to have been selected by AMZ and we wish them good luck for this year’s competition.
Dynetics has been selected by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to demonstrate the capability to launch unmanned aircraft from warplanes and quickly recover them in mid-air. Named “Gremlins”, these drones are designed to be low cost and reusable within 24 hours after a mission.
"The unmanned air vehicles utilized in these future operations will carry a variety of different sensors and other payloads, working together to manage and conduct complex, highly-adaptive operations in contested environments," said Tim Keeter, Deputy Program Manager and Chief Engineer for “Gremlins” at Dynetics. "When they complete their mission, they return to airborne manned platforms to be recovered to a forward operating base where they can be quickly refurbished and put back into the fight. The potential to overwhelm an adversary continuously with multiple volleys is tremendous."
Click here to find out more about “Gremlins”.
Gremlin UAVs are designed to be launched from C-130 aircraft – see video above – as well as combat aircraft like fighter jets and bombers. Once the mission is accomplished another aircraft retrieves the Gremlins and transports them back to an operational base.
Accurate positioning is paramount to enable drones to be recovered mid-air, and high reliability was also a discriminating factor when the time came for Dynetics to select an Inertial Navigation System for the in-flight recovery component on board the C-130 aircraft.
“Rapid development of innovative and complex systems like Gremlins drives us to identify and use system components with the highest reputation for reliability and performance. We are proud to be working, once again, with Advanced Navigation on another one of our priority demonstration programs." Said Keeter.
The Spatial Dual selected by Dynetics is a ruggedized miniature GPS aided inertial navigation system and AHRS that provides accurate position, velocity, acceleration and orientation under the most demanding conditions.
It combines temperature calibrated accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and a pressure sensor with a dual antenna RTK GNSS receiver. These are coupled in a sophisticated fusion algorithm to deliver accurate and reliable navigation and orientation.
Click here to find out more about Spatial Dual.
Advanced Navigation will be exhibiting at AUVSI Xponential in May 2018. AUVSI Xponential is a trade show focused on cutting edge commercial & defence unmanned technology. It will be held between 1-3 May at the Colorado Convention Centre, Denver, USA.
Advanced Navigation will be exhibiting their range of industry leading navigation and positioning products at the show. These products are used in a wide range of unmanned systems and applications including surface marine and subsea assets, ground vehicles and aerial vehicles. Our products are recognised for their high performance, low weight, small size and minimal power requirements. Products on display at the show include:
· MEMS based GNSS/INS
· FOG based GNSS/INS
· USBL Systems
· Post Processing Software
If you are interested in finding best in class, high precision and cost effective navigation and positioning solutions, visit Advanced Navigation on booth 1615.
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Advanced Navigation has released their new subsea acoustic positioning transponder.
Subsonus Tag is a low cost acoustic positioning transponder that operates with the Subsonus USBL. It was developed to provide a low cost, fully integrated positioning capability to users across a broad array of applications.
Subsonus Tag features an integrated battery and a revolutionary acoustic processing architecture that allows it to operate for up to 18 months on one charge.
Subsonus Tag’s multi-track technology also allows up to 65,000 subsea tags to be tracked by one surface Subsonus unit. A pressure tolerant e-ink display built into the unit allows for fast identification of multiple units and their status.
The design of Subsonus Tag is fully hermetically sealed with no air cavities or connectors which provides unparalleled reliability and cost savings. Communication is via bluetooth and the unit is charged wirelessly using the same high speed Qi wireless charging found in smartphones.
Indicative pricing is approximately USD 2000/unit in low volumes.
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Please see the product page at https://www.advancednavigation.com.au/product/subsonus-tag for more information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing.
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation has recently developed the Phenomobile. The Phenomobile is a phenomic crop monitoring system which offers a non-destructive and high throughput method of measuring crop health and performance.
Advanced Navigation’s Spatial system plays a key role in the operation of the Phenomobile allowing autonomous control and geo-referencing.
Spatial is a ruggedized miniature GPS aided inertial navigation system and AHRS that provides accurate position, velocity, acceleration and orientation under the most demanding conditions. It combines temperature calibrated accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and a pressure sensor with an advanced GNSS receiver. Spatial provides highly precise, centimetre level accuracy positioning and orientation information. The miniature design, high accuracy and low cost makes it an attractive options for a wide range of navigation & positioning applications.
In the past, farmers and agriculturalists have had to rely on time consuming and destructive methods to gather data on crop performance. “Phenomobile Lite can undertake non-destructive measurement of the above-ground canopy to measure plant height or estimate biomass or leaf area.“
Advanced Navigation’s Spatial system allows the Phenomobile to measure crop performance efficiently, quickly and economically, over time. The data can be used to examine the effects of environmental factors on crop performance and allow farmers to optimise their yields.
Watch the Phenomobile in action here.
Find out more: https://www.advancednavigation.com.au/product/spatial
Advanced Navigation’s Spatial Dual system was integrated into a hydrogen electric racing car, the Forze VI.
Spatial Dual is a ruggedized miniature GPS aided inertial navigation system and AHRS that provides accurate position, velocity, acceleration and orientation under the most demanding conditions. It combines temperature calibrated accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and a pressure sensor with a dual antenna RTK GNSS receiver. The Spatial Dual system was used to gather data for the torque vectoring system that was implemented. Spatial Dual’s high accuracy heading allowed the slip angle to be measured to determine which rear wheel required more power at each moment.
With no less than former Formula 1 racer Jan Lammers at the wheel, the Forze VI raced through 73 challenging corners, and completed the 21 kilometres of world class racing track in under 11 minutes. Never before has any other racing car with a hydrogen fuel cell completed the track so fast, making a clear statement about the potential of this technology and its place in the automotive industry.
With the insights provided by the Spatial Dual data, the Forze VI was able to reach top speeds of 170km/h on the track. With some optimizations and tweaks, the car will theoretically reach a top speed of 220km/h, along with 0 to 100km/h acceleration within a mere 4 seconds.
Short video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZjbfZvXm2c
Complete lap: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-g5hXF8qAk
Advanced Navigation will be exhibiting at Oceanology International in March 2018. Oceanology International is a world leading ocean technology marine science exhibition and conference which will be held in London, UK.
Advanced Navigation will be showcasing their range of industry leading navigation and positioning products which are used in a wide range of marine applications. Our products are known for their high performance, low weight, small size and minimal power requirements.
If you are interested in finding best in class navigation and positioning solutions, visit Advanced Navigation on booth B350.
Olex has successfully integrated Advanced Navigation's Spatial INS into their hydrographic survey vessels. Spatial is a ruggedized miniature GPS aided inertial navigation system and AHRS that provides accurate position, velocity, acceleration and orientation. It combines temperature calibrated accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers and a pressure sensor with an advanced GNSS receiver.
Olex was seeking a replacement inertial navigation system to integrate into their multibeam sonar mapping systems. They needed more accurate position & orientation data than their existing inertial navigation system could provide and also wanted to make the system more affordable to bring in customers who were previously excluded due to the high costs.
Spatial was chosen amongst other navigation systems because:
Another key advantage of Spatial is its high compatibility with existing systems allowing it to be integrated with Atec, Wassp, HGPS and many other platforms.
The use of the Spatial system resulted in higher accuracy data and better mapping. Precise navigation data is a key focus with Spatial, promising to deliver 0.1 degrees accuracy in pitch and roll, 0.2 degrees in heading, and 5 cm or 5% in heave. All of this is done at an exceptionally competitive price making it a popular choice in the hydrographic survey market.
Experimental testing from Olex demonstrates the easy installation, accurate data & wide range of compatibility of the Spatial system to existing platforms.
Find out more: http://www.advancednavigation.com.au/product/spatial
Advanced Navigation has recently expanded existing operations in the USA.
This development will result in more direct and dedicated Advanced Navigation sales people who will be better able to service the market. Investing in operations across the USA will result in faster service and more personalised sales. In addition, a new support team based in the USA has also been established providing local customers with faster support.
Advanced Navigation are still unfolding USA warehousing. This will be a significant advantage for both Advanced Navigation and its customers allowing for next day delivery. The aim is to reduce time and shipping delays for the USA market.
Advanced Navigation has recently announced the release of their GNSS Compass product.
The GNSS Compass is an all in one dual antenna GNSS/INS that provides accurate heading, position and velocity. All of this is done at a very low price point whilst providing precise figures, making it an accessible choice for many applications.
It is capable of providing accurate heading even during GNSS outages (for up to 20 minutes). This is possible as a result of the INS integration embedded into the product. Additionally, it is not subject to magnetic interference further widening its applications.
It is a plug and play unit that has NMEA0183, NMEA2000 and Ethernet interfaces making it easy to install and use. Advanced Navigation’s GNSS Compass is wheelmark certified for use on commercial marine vessels meeting the required standards of safety and performance across the EU.
The GNSS Compass is ideal for all sorts of marine applications including racing yachts, commercial container vessels and recreational vessels. It features plug and play operation for NMEA0183 and NMEA2000 networks. It is wheelmark certified for use on commercial vessels.
Please see the product page at this link for more information.