Comparative Accuracies of Technologies for Vehicle Location and Navigation

by Lawrence E. Sweeney, Jr., Etak, Menlo Park, United States,
George Loughmiller, Etak, Menlo Park, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Pacific Rim TransTech Conference: Volume I: Advanced Technologies


A variety of vehicle location and tracking technologies are under consideration for such IVHS applications as Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD), and vehicle navigation and routing. The technologies being considered include dead reckoning, map matching, global positioning sateliltes (GPS), radiotransponders, direction finding, Loran, Cellular phone tracking, electronic benchmarks, etc, or various combinations of these techniques. This paper will describe the most promising vehicle location and digital map technologies. Their relative and absolute accuracies, and their suitability for various IVHS applications.

Subject Headings: Traffic management | Navigation (geomatic) | Intelligent transportation systems | Global navigation satellite systems | Comparative studies | Communication systems | Mapping | Vehicles

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