PATHFINDER

NAVENTIK’s technology for demanding and 
safety-critical localization tasks.

In the era of connected and automated transport use cases beyond human navigation require a new level of localisation performance - accurate, robust, highly available and functional safety compliant at lowest cost.

PATHFINDER is our scalable platform that combines satellite navigation with information from vehicle sensors and modern augmentation services to meet these requirements.

PATHFINDER consists of two modules that form a powerful localisation engine.

PATHFINDER GNSS is NAVENTIK‘s unique Software Defined GNSS sensor (SDR) that fully substitutes your existing hardware receiver by a flexible and scalable ECU embedded software. PATHFINDER GNSS provides highly accurate multi-band and multi-frequency raw measurements including integrity data. Real-time confidence estimation of GNSS input data is the key to seamless and safety-compliant deep-coupled sensor fusion. With the software approach, our sensor is highly portable and always up-to-date.

PATHFINDER FUSION is NAVENTIK's carrier phase based positioning engine with advanced error modeling and rapid convergence times. It exploits the synergies of GNSS measurements and data from additional vehicle sensors. Starting from inertial system (INS) integration, we provide algorithms that combine odometry or vision-based motion data with measurements from any GNSS receiver, taking into account the vehicle model. In doing so, we also take advantage of modern GNSS augmentation services, which enable a safe positioning with rapid convergence time. PATHFINDER FUSION creates the most robust and accurate navigation solution using all available information.

The joint use of PATHFINDER GNSS & FUSION enables an end-to-end integrity concept, as both the GNSS sensor and the positioning engine are implemented as software without having a "black box" within the system architecture. Integration with additional sensor and correction services is seamless and cost-effective. Furthermore, both modules together interact with each other in deeply coupled sensor fusion mode for extremely robust and uninterrupted high-performance GNSS/INS positioning. Unlike conventional tightly- or loosely-coupled GNSS/INS systems, deeply coupled systems not only combine autonomously generated GNSS and INS solutions. Motion data is used to support and stabilise the satellite tracking of the GNSS receiver in difficult environments or after a loss of the satellite signal. In addition, GNSS measurements from as few as two satellites can be used to compensate for the sensor drift of the intertial unit.

Special Features

Bridging the performance gap between
low-cost GNSS chipsets and expensive RTK/INS solutions

High-performance Software Positioning

Carrier phase based positioning engine with advanced error modeling and rapid convergence times, interference mitigation and monitoring.

Sensor Fusion at
Vehicle Level

Adding inertial or vision aided navigation increases availability and continuity of the solution, seamless integrated on vehicle ECU.

Low cost and scalable to serial production

PATHFINDER eliminates hardware limitations by a software approach to a minimum (RF stage + antenna).

Fuctional Safety ready

Development according to automotive safety standards (ISO26262) to meet Automotive Safety Integrity Levels (ASIL).

For a deeper dive into our localization technology please check our FAQ section.

Current release of PATHFINDER GNSS & PATHFINDER FUSION available under R&D License
(Software libraries for integration on your ADAS platform or delivered on NVIDIA® Jetson AGX™)

PATHFINDER GUI

Control PATHFINDER with our fancy visual user interface, available for all platforms. This image shows a GNSS+INS positioning with realtime confidence measures.

Address 

NAVENTIK GmbH
Am Walkgraben 13
09119 Chemnitz
Germany

Contact 

  hello@naventik.de
   +49 371 337 1370

Feedback

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