No GPS, No Problem: Next Generation Navigation

UC (University of California) Riverside Team is developing a navigation system that uses existing cellular signals rather than conventional GPS that will also support autonomous vehicle development.

The Team is led by Zak Kassas, assistant professor Electrical and Computer Engineering at UCR Bourns College of Engineering. The team presented its research at the 2016 Institute of Navigation Global Navigation Satellite System Conference (ION GNSS+), in Portland, Ore., in September.

“By adding more and more sensors, researchers are throwing ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ to prepare autonomous vehicle navigation systems for the inevitable scenario that GPS signals become unavailable. We took a different approach, which is to exploit signals that are already out there in the environment,” Kassas said.

This could be a break through system if the ambitious team succeeds in delivering it as it will eliminate the dependence of GPS almost completely.

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