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An inexpensive accurate absolute position sensor has been developed as a result of this study to improve the reliability of automobile navigation systems. The conventional navigation system utilizes the Global Positioning System (GPS) and rate gyroscope signal for localization, which suffers from accumulated errors and the high price of the rate gyroscope. To resolve these problems, an electronic compass can be utilized instead of the rate gyroscope for the navigation system. On account of its sensitivity against external magnetic interference, the electronic compass itself is not accurate enough to be used for localization compared to the rate gyroscope. To overcome this shortcoming, in this paper, a robust electronic compass is designed by using two electronic compasses to efficiently cancel out the low-frequency interference. That is, a dual compass system with a linear estimation algorithm against irregular and long-lasting magnetic interference has recently been proposed and implemented. When the external magnetic interference can be eliminated from the electronic compass, it becomes much more accurate than the gyroscope-based system, which suffers from the accumulative drift error. The reliability and performance of the designed system have been verified through real navigation experiments.
Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:57 , Issue: 4 )
Date of Publication: April 2008