The new VBox Indoor Positioning System (VIPS) from Racelogic enables measurement of speed, position and attitude in areas where GPS is not available, with an accuracy of ±2cm.
To celebrate the launch of VIPS, Racelogic is hosting an event at the Bicester Heritage site in Oxfordshire, UK, on October 23 and 24, offering live demonstrations alongside a Q&A session with the engineers and developers behind the system.
Guests will be able to see the system in operation inside a large hangar (often used for TV and films), with a live demo of a vehicle being driven by a steering robot following a set course.
The system is designed for high-dynamics vehicle testing and validation procedures that are normally performed outside using GPS. By enabling the same test equipment that has traditionally been limited to outdoor use, to now be used anywhere with limited or no satellite coverage, VIPS is suitable for a wide range of applications and can also reliably fill gaps in GPS coverage.
Common use cases include braking, handling, crash testing and ADAS sensor validation. Typical environments where one might benefit from using VIPS are in tunnels, urban canyons, indoor test facilities, and those with heavy tree cover.
VIPS is the result of five years of research and development that was conducted with the help of existing VBox customers, vehicle manufacturers and proving grounds around the world.
The VBox Indoor Positioning system consists of a network of beacons that are placed around the test area, which communicate with a small receiver mounted on the roof of a vehicle, using ultra wide-band. The receiver features an integrated VBox IMU with Kalman Filter and connects directly to a VBox 3i datalogger, enabling users to capture data from a vehicle’s CANbus along with position, velocity and attitude angles.
The IMU helps reduce noise and dynamic errors in the measurements, while the GPS-enabled VBox 3i connectivity ensures a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor environments, providing the complete automotive testing solution in any environment.
Anyone interested in the launch event can register a place here.