Navmatic and Xona Space Systems have announced a partnership to develop, test, and deploy Xona’s novel GNSS service, Xona Pulsar™, with Navmatic’s Micromobility Positioning System to improve safety and security for micromobility applications.
Silicon Valley — March 3rd, 2021 — Micromobility is an exploding industry, with exponential growth in demand from users and cities across the globe. Fleet operators and municipalities are continuing to discover and face new challenges when rolling out their services in a safe and neighborhood-friendly way. Some of these challenges include locating scooters for riding and/or charging, understanding rider safety, and parking in unauthorized areas. Each of these challenges can be solved by having hyper-accurate scooter location and precise dynamics at all times.
Existing high precision positioning solutions have major limitations such as availability, acquisition time, and performance in urban areas. In a crowded downtown area, GNSS interference and poor satellite visibility can make it difficult to determine a rider’s precise location.
Xona’s low-Earth-orbit (LEO) constellation provides stronger GNSS signals that are more resistant to the signal interference often found in densely populated areas. Navmatic’s Micromobility Positioning System will fuse standard GNSS signals with the Xona Pulsar™ signals to ensure consistently available location data in dense urban environments.
“We are excited to form this partnership with Navmatic as we share a common vision in the future of mobility, creating safe and smart transportation that is accessible to all. Micromobility is a cornerstone of the urban transportation ecosystem and Navmatic is at the forefront of its positioning solutions’’ said Tyler Reid, Xona CTO
Similarly, precise location information is critical for ensuring that the vehicle is operated safely and not in a restricted, geo-fenced area. Pulsar™ offers encrypted GNSS signals which can be authenticated by Navmatic’s sensor fusion software to validate that a micromobility vehicle is being operated only in specified, designated areas.
“Our customers demand a high level of reliability while operating in some of the most challenging GNSS environments. By collaborating with Xona, we’ll be able to leverage the first-of-its-kind Pulsar™ service to ensure the positioning signal availability that is key for the success of the future of micromobility“ said Ben Segal, Navmatic CTO.
About Xona Space Systems, Inc.
Xona Space Systems is developing the first ever independent high-performance satellite navigation and timing system designed to meet the needs of intelligent systems. Delivered via a secure, high-power signal from Xona’s low Earth orbit satellites, the patent-pending Pulsar™ service aims to enable the next wave of connected technology. Learn more at www.xonaspace.com or follow Xona Space Systems on Twitter @XonaSpace.
About Navmatic Inc.
Navmatic enables high-accuracy positioning in the most challenging environments by fusing standard GPS hardware, low-cost sensors, and proprietary sensor fusion software. Navmatic’s solution is specifically tuned for micromobility vehicles, fusing high rate sensor measurements with multipath mitigation algorithms to unlock key location context use-cases for the future of micromobility. Learn more at www.navmatic.io.