u-blox, which offers positioning and wireless communication technologies and services, and Geespace, a provider of aerospace information and communications (AICT) infrastructure and application solutions, have inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the expansion of their respective augmentation services for high-precision applications. Both partners will be able to extend their service offering to the U.S., European, and Chinese markets, primarily in the automotive sector.
The rise of reliable and cost-effective high-precision positioning has improved the accuracy of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) solutions to the order of tens of centimeters, enabling a plethora of new applications in the automotive, industrial, and robotics segments. But global adoption has been hampered by a fragmented augmentation services landscape.
For global adoption to become a reality, worldwide coverage is required. It also needs unified pricing and business models designed to serve mass-market high-precision solutions for automotive and industrial customers operating on a global scale. The resulting differences in technical specifications have made the development of such solutions requiring different services more complex, too.
Software and Hardware Solutions
u-blox and Geespace will pursue a combined offering that enables both companies to offer full-stack, high-precision positioning software and hardware solutions to users in the U.S., Europe, and China. Furthermore, it will enable Geespace, which provides automotive GNSS augmentation services to its parent company Geely Group, to use the u-blox PointPerfect GNSS augmentation service to grow its coverage for Geely’s automotive brands.
Meanwhile, u-blox can expand the coverage of the PointPerfect service to offer its customers a comprehensive high-precision solution for products sold in China, as well as benefit from simplified development and logistics efforts.