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Real-Time Implementation of a GIS-Based Localization System for Intelligent Vehicles

EURASIP Journal on Embedded Systems20072007:039350

  • Received: 31 October 2006
  • Accepted: 2 May 2007
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This paper presents a loosely coupled fusion approach that merges GPS data, dead-reckoned sensors, and GIS (geographical information system) data. The GPS latency is compensated for by the DR sensors and the use of an xPPS signal. The fusion of the estimate with the map data is spatial-triggered, while the fusion with the GPS is time-triggered. We present a strategy that relies on pose tracking which is reinitialized when GPS data become incoherent. Particular attention is given to the representation of the road map and to the management of a cache memory for efficiency purposes. We report experiments carried out with our equipped car and a GIS whose characteristics are well adapted to embedded constraints.


  • Information System
  • Geographical Information System
  • Geographical Information
  • Control Structure
  • Localization System

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Authors’ Affiliations

Heudiasyc UMR CNRS 6599, Université de Technologie de Compiègne, BP 20529, Compiègne, Cedex 60205, France


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© Philippe Bonnifait et al. 2007

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