Hexagon | NovAtel® delivers OEM7® driver built on Robot Operating System (ROS™)

Purpose-built driver now available through NovAtel GitHub Repository

(Calgary, Canada, May 28, 2020)
Hexagon | NovAtel announced the release of its first purpose-built driver, powered by Robot Operating System (ROS), to support its industry-leading OEM7 family of GNSS receivers. The driver, developed by NovAtel engineers, provides an optimized interface enabling users to accelerate autonomous development projects by quickly incorporating NovAtel OEM7 receivers into custom applications. The driver is available for immediate download through the new NovAtel GitHub repository and as a ROS Binary Package for direct installation.

With the release of a NovAtel-developed OEM7 driver built on ROS, developers can now confidently access the critical data needed to build autonomy algorithms for academic investigations, ride-share programs, and other applications. Data from numerous sensors can be combined to help move projects into higher levels of autonomy faster without the need to adapt community-developed drivers. Tested using the Hexagon | AutonomouStuff platform, the driver ensures that the data received accurately reflects the output provided by the receiver, while also giving users the ability to record raw data for post-processing.

"We are excited to introduce our first purpose-built driver powered by ROS to the GitHub community. Its development is a result of collaboration between NovAtel and AutonomouStuff in support of Hexagon's Smart Autonomous Mobility portfolio, unveiled at CES 2020 in Las Vegas," notes Miguel Amor, Chief Marketing Officer, Hexagon's Autonomy & Positioning division. "The portfolio is a comprehensive solutions platform that brings together all the necessary sensors, software and services to make autonomous driving possible."  

The new driver is available for download on the NovAtel GitHub repository. For more information on NovAtel's industry-leading OEM7 GNSS receivers, please visit novatel.com/oem7.

ROS [and/or the "nine dots" ROS logo and/or any other ROS trademark used] is a trademark of Open Robotics.

Media Contact:
Neil Gerein, Director of Marketing, Hexagon's Autonomy & Positioning division
Tel: +1 (403) 295-4310
Email: Neil.Gerein@hexagon.com

Product Inquiries:
Jan Diep, Firmware Product Manager, NovAtel
Tel: +1 (403) 295-4547
Email: Jan.Diep@hexagon.com

About Hexagon | NovAtel

Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous — ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

NovAtel, part of Hexagon, is a global technology leader, pioneering end-to-end solutions for assured positioning for land, sea, and air. NovAtel designs, manufactures and sells high precision positioning technology developed for efficient and rapid integration. Its solutions are empowering intelligent positioning ecosystems in vital industries that depend on the ability to tackle the most complex challenges in the most demanding environments. Learn more at novatel.com.

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