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Centimeter-Level Accurate Positioning

For self-driving cars, machines, robots and drones to operate autonomously while keeping passengers—and other road users—safe, precise positioning is required. Navigation with accuracy of 3 – 15 meters, as found in typical GPS systems, does not meet autonomous requirements. Precise Positioning from Deutsche Telekom, and Silicon Valley based Swift Navigation, delivers cloud-based corrections that in turn deliver centimeter-level accuracy of up to ten centimeters. The solution is scalable for an unlimited number of autonomous vehicles and machines. Precise Positioning is already available nationwide throughout the United States and Germany, with extended European coverage scheduled to come in 2020.

Technical Requirements for Precise Positioning

Technical requirements of Precise Positioning in overview
  • Dual band GNSS antenna
  • Multi Frequency GNSS receiver
  • Mobile network access to the Skylark Corrections Service
  • Embedded control unit running Swift Starling software to calculate the exact position from satellite signals and correction data from the Cloud

Your benefits with Precise Positioning in overview

Scalable and affordable

Scalable and affordable
Precise Positioning leaves data processing to the cloud. Meaning an unlimited number of vehicles can simultaneously retrieve data in real time, from autonomous cars on the motorway to autonomous tractors tending fields. This scalable approach is subscription-based helping users save on infrastructure costs.

High precision

High precision
These Skylark cloud corrections utilize cutting-edge positioning algorithms to deliver a continuous stream of multi-constellation, multi-frequency GNSS corrections for a highly available service to deliver high-precision positioning with accuracy levels at ten centimeters.


Safety and integrity
Precise Positioning is designed for the most demanding safety-of-life critical applications. When used with Swift’s Starling positioning engine, Skylark is capable of delivering high-integrity positioning to ensure autonomous vehicles operate safely inside their designated environments.

Reliable coverage

Reliable coverage
Seamless coverage is currently available both in Germany and across the contiguous United States. Telekom and Swift are currently working on expanding this cloud-based correction service across Europe and beyond.

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