An unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is an unpiloted aircraft while unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) are robotic platforms that are used as an extension of human capability. Both serve the same capacity of missions that are too “dull, dirty, or dangerous" for manned aircraft or humans. Sophisticated versions of a UAV have built-in control and/or guidance systems to perform low-level human pilot duties such as speed and flight-path stabilization (inertial navigation), and other navigation functions such as waypoint following, guided by a GPS system. An autonomous UGV is specifically a vehicle that operates on the surface of the ground and can travel between two points without human navigation assistance.
Unmanned vehicles benefit from the latest in Trimble’s GPS/GNSS positioning technology from Pacific Crest. Centimeter level positioning accuracy guides aircraft and vehicles along a predetermined route. Commercial, government and the military all have applications that employ GPS in the guidance systems of unmanned vehicles.
Unmanned vehicles demand accuracy and reliability. System integrators require an easy to integrate GPS/GNSS receiver module that reduce development time. Trimble’s GNSS receiver modules from Pacific Crest are designed for easy integration and rugged dependability. They also offer Ethernet connectivity that allows high speed data transfer and configuration via standard web browsers. Unmanned vehicles can rely on accurate and solid positioning from solutions offered by Pacific Crest for any application.