THE FEASIBILITY OF APPLYING THE ACTIVE TVTIME SYSTEM TO AUTOMATIC VEHICLE LOCATION

The National Bureau of Standards Boulder laboratory has studied the use of television as a carrier for accurate time and frequency signals. The usefulness of the TvTime System applied to locating cars and other vehicles automatically is examined. Such a need exists in transit, police, taxi, utility and many commercial fleets. Past approaches to the problem are outlined. The NBS TvTime System and experimental results are discussed. Two models of a car locating system are outlined, each having three parts: (1) a TV decoder in the car, (2) a radio link such as a mobile channel between car and central dispatch, and (3) a computer which determines the car's position. Results show that this system is capable of achieving a location accuracy of better than 60 m with 95 percent confidence. Some advantages and limitations of the system are discussed and cost estimates for the equipment are given.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Pub. in Jnl. Inst. Navigation 21, n1 p9-15 Spring 1974.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Bureau of Standards

    Gaithersburg, MD  USA 
  • Authors:
    • HOWE, D A
  • Publication Date: 1974

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  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00169628
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: NBS2730117
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 14 2002 12:00AM