Evaluation of Low-Cost, Centimeter-Level Accuracy OEM GNSS Receivers

This report discusses the results of a study to quantify the performance of low-cost, centimeter-level accurate Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) receivers that have appeared on the market in the last few years. Centimeter-level accuracy is achieved using a complex algorithm known as real-time kinematic (RTK) processing. It involves processing correction data from a ground network of GNSS receivers in addition to the signals transmitted by the GNSS satellites. This makes RTK-capable receivers costly (in excess of $10,000) and bulky, making them unsuitable for cost- and size-sensitive transportation applications (e.g., driver assist systems in vehicles). If inexpensive GNSS receivers capable of generating a position solution with centimeter accuracy were widely available, they would push the GNSS revolution in ground transportation even further as an enabler of safety enhancements such as ubiquitous lane-departure warning systems and enhanced stability-control systems.Recently manufacturers have been advertising the availability of low-cost (< $1,000) RTK-capable receivers. The work described in this report provides an independent performance assessment of these receivers relative to high-end (and costly) receivers in realistic settings encountered in transportation applications.

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    University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

    Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, 110 Union Street, SE
    Minneapolis, MN  United States  55455-0220

    Minnesota Department of Transportation

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    St Paul, MN  United States  55155
  • Authors:
    • Jackson, John
    • Saborio, Ricardo
    • Ghazanfar, Syed Anas
    • Gebre-Egziabher, Demoz
    • Davis, Brian
  • Publication Date: 2018-2


  • English

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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 55p

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  • Accession Number: 01667135
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: MN/RC 2018-10
  • Contract Numbers: (c) 1003325 (w) 14
  • Created Date: Apr 3 2018 4:26PM