JV launched to bring highly precise satellite navigation to mass markets

August 08, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Robert Bosch GmbH, Geo ++, Mitsubishi Electric and u-blox have established a joint venture that will provide GNSS positioning services with high precision for mass market applications. Because existing solutions for GNSS positioning services do not meet the requirements of the rapidly developing GNSS mass markets, the four founding members of the new JV, Sapcorda Services GmbH, want to pool their forces to create a globally available and affordable solution for system integrators, OEMs and satnav receiver manufacturers.

Sapcorda will offer globally available GNSS positioning services via internet and satellite transmission and enable centimeter-accurate precision for GNSS. The services are to serve high-volume markets in the areas of automotive, industrial and consumer goods. The real-time correction data service will be provided in an open format, be publicly accessible, and won’t be tied to receiver hardware or systems.

"We are looking forward to working with our partners in this joint venture. Together we want to build a GNSS positioning service, which comprehensively meets the requirements of positioning sensors in the automotive field. Only with integrated safety and the highest possible precision will we be able to realize automated driving, "says Jumana Al-Sibai, member of the Board of Management's Chassis Systems Control division at Robert Bosch GmbH.

"Geo ++ is looking forward to determining the future of high-precision positioning services together with our partners at Bosch, Mitsubishi Electric and u-blox. The long-term pioneering position of the partners in automotive and mass market solutions coupled with Sapcorda's commitment to drive open formats will pave the way for a wide range of next-generation GNSS applications, "said Gerhard Wübbena, Founder & CEO of Geo ++.