Low-cost Precise Vehicular Positioning in Urban Environments

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Humphreys, Todd E.
Murrian, Matthew
Narula, Lakshay

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IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS)


A system developed at The University of Texas for low-cost precise urban vehicular positioning is demonstrated to achieve a probability of correct integer fixing greater than 96.5% for a probability of incorrect integer fixing surely less than 2.3% and likely less than 1%. This is demonstrated using data captured during 3.4 hours of driving on a repeating urban test route over three separate days. The results are achieved without any aiding by inertial or electro-optical sensors. Development and evaluation of the unaided GNSS-based precise positioning system is a key milestone toward the overall goal of combining precise GNSS, vision, radar, and inertial sensing for all-weather high-integrity precise positioning for automated and connected vehicles. The system described and evaluated herein is composed of a densely-spaced reference network, a softwaredefined GNSS receiver whose processing can be executed on general-purpose commodity hardware, and a real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning engine. All components have been tailored in their design to yield competent sub-decimeter positioning in the mobile urban environment. A performance sensitivity analysis reveals that navigation data bit prediction on the GPS L1 C/A signals is key to high-performance urban RTK positioning.


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Humphreys, Todd E., Matthew Murrian, and Lakshay Narula. "Low-cost Precise Vehicular Positioning in Urban Environments," In 2018 IEEE/ION Position, Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS), pp. 456-471. IEEE, 2018.