iMAR Navigation GmbH (iMAR)
The iMAR Navigation GmbH, with its roughly 60 employees (approximately half of which are highly-qualified engineers and the other half, involved in production, quality assurance, administration), develops and manufactures both standard devices (off-the-shelf) as well as systems according to client specifications, whereby, for the most part, military, industrial or aeronautical standards represent the basis for qualification and certification. iMAR is, since its founding in 1992, also partner in diverse research projects, among others, those promoted by BMWi..
Among the competencies of iMAR, which are relevant for PEGASUS, there are, among others, the comprehensive experience and the know-how in the field of inertial sensor technology and signal processing (model-free and model-supported sensor data fusion – support with GNSS, odometer, further information from the image processing and other sources) for automotive uses (automated driving / piloted driving), aeronautical applications (UAV navigation, LIDAR etc.), land and marine applications (autonomous vehicles, stabilized vehicles and platforms), for the stabilization of cardanic platforms for aeronautical and marine applications, for the navigation, control and management of missiles or perhaps for the navigation of horizontal drilling systems.
Frequently cited examples for the usage of iMAR systems in the automotive field range from the driving dynamics analysis, among others, for the so-called Elch-Test of the A-Class, to the final of the DARPA Urban Challenge (2007; “Best-of-Ten” with TUBS), to the metrological support of the Bertha Benz drive (2013), the piloted driving in the context of the DTM (2014) or the realization of highly-automated functions on navigation and control levels.
The work contents of the iMAR Navigation Gmbh within the PEGASUS project: based on the compiled, detailed requirements of the third subproject, a concept for an adequate location technology, which uses inertial and satellite navigation, will be created. Therefore, an analysis will take place, with regard to the connection of further redundant information (for example, of camera data or wheel sensors), in order to ensure that, by the loss of the GNSS-tracking, for as long as it is possible, an adequately precise position finding solution is available (optimization), so that, inter alia, a controlled transition of the vehicle can occur in a safe condition (standstill). In the following, a corresponding measurement system will be developed (algorithms, firmware, software, hardware, calibration procedures) and prepared in the form of realized functional prototypes, by the partners in the project.