Improving the positioning performance of shared electric scooters with u-blox GNSS technology
22 February 2022
Chinese developer of shared motorcycle smart technologies, Xiaoan Technology’s AT-MX intelligent control system relies on u-blox M10 GNSS technology to meet the increasingly stringent requirements of standardised urban transportation operations in China.
Positioning & wireless communication technologies expert, u-blox and developer of intelligent solutions for two-wheeled vehicles, Xiaoan Technology Co., Ltd. have announced their partnership in the development of the AT-MX intelligent control system for shared electric scooters.
AT-MX uses the latest ultra-low-power u-blox M10 GNSS (global navigation satellite system) technology to enhance the positioning performance of Xiaoan's fleet, for improved compliance with increasingly stringent Chinese policy requirements.
The growing popularity of shared micromobility solutions for short-distance urban travel has led municipal authorities around the world to introduce new legislation to mitigate their perceived negative impacts, for instance, with restrictions on where users can drive and park their vehicles.
Meanwhile, vehicle operators and maintenance personnel need to efficiently locate vehicles requiring maintenance and gather reliable vehicle usage data to balance bicycle placement and operational safety.
Enforcing regulatory compliance and optimising operations both require the safe, accurate and efficient vehicle positioning solutions that Xiaoan Technology has become well known for.
Five years of fruitful collaboration
AT-MX is the latest solution to come out of five years of close collaboration between u-blox and Xiaoan Technology. The intelligent central control system is an electronic control unit (ECU) specifically designed to improve the position accuracy of shared motorcycles and electric bicycles.
“After comparing the vast majority of positioning chips on the market, we concluded that the u-blox M10’s performance was the best in the industry,” says Aaron Liu, COO, Wuhan Xiaoan Technology. “Throughout our collaboration, u-blox extensively provided technical support and assistance from senior experts and testing solutions.”
“We’re excited to see Xiaoan Technology roll out the AT-MX with its built-in u-blox M10 GNSS chip. Long-term relationships such as the one we’ve had with Xiaoan Technology are essential to us at u-blox. By better understanding our customers’ pain points and needs, we can continuously improve our products,” says Bernd Heidtmann, Product Manager, Product Strategy for Standard Precision GNSS at u-blox.
To learn more about the full portfolio of positioning products for micromobility applications, including high precision and dead reckoning solutions, go to: www.u-blox.com/positioning-and-location
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