u-blox’ dead reckoning embedded in NYC cabs



u-blox’ dead reckoning embedded in NYC cabs
Mobile Knowledge, a provider of fleet management solutions, has chosen a dead reckoning GPS module developed by Switzerland-based u-blox for a cutting edge Passenger Information Monitor (PIM) & Point of Sale system being used by New York City's Yellow Taxi fleet.

This system combines GPS navigation and tracking, point-of-sale and entertainment functions in a single integrated device. The NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission has approved the Mobile Knowledge and two other systems for this purpose, and has mandated that all 13,000 Yellow Cabs operating under its jurisdiction be equipped by 31 August 2008. To date, Mobile Knowledge and its partners have deployed 5,000 units.


Mobile Knowledge's Passenger Information Monitor
Mobile Knowledge's Passenger Information Monitor
Mobile Knowledge's Passenger Information Monitor
Mobile Knowledge's Passenger Information Monitor
The PIM features a 10.4-inch rugged touch screen display that shows the position of the vehicle overlaid on a map, allowing passengers in the back seat to track their progress through the city. u-blox' dead reckoning technology uses sensors in combination with GPS to provide 100% road coverage, even in areas with no GPS signals such as streets with high-rise buildings, tunnels, parking lots and other covert environments without GPS signals.

"From past experience in the New York market, we knew the challenges of the dense urban canyon of Manhattan and went to great lengths to source the best available positioning and location technology for the PIM. When sourcing a GPS receiver, we selected u-blox' LEA-4R dead reckoning GPS module for its unmatched reliability, accuracy and ease of integration. Ultimately, we wanted to ensure we were providing the New York City Yellow Cab fleet with a GPS solution that would not fail, no matter how harsh the signal conditions," said Kevin French, Chief Operating Officer at Mobile Knowledge.

Tuesday, July 22nd 2008


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