During the MAGICA project the first multi-constellation Galileo antenna with multi-frequency capability specially adapted to automotive applications will be developed.
The proposed MAGICA antenna is intended to be going beyond the state of the art since, for the first time, it will provide a cost-effective high precision positioning antenna (providing multi-frequency characteristic and phase stability as the most relevant performance feature) commercially ready to be integrated on a vehicle for Autonomous Driving operation.
Current mass-market GNSS antennas are optimized for cost and dimensions rather than performance.
The major innovations that will result from the MAGICA project are:
- GNSS/Galileo multi-constellation/multi-frequency cost-effective new radiating element for integration on a vehicle.
- Design & Development of a new RF LNA with proper Noise Figure, linearity, frequency response and group delay between bands to ensure multi-frequency operation and antenna phase stability for centimetre level accuracy of PPP and RTK receivers.
- Different allocations of the antenna inside the vehicle and the effect on the antenna performance with the integration on the vehicle.
- Optimal integration for the automotive applications with testing on real scenarios and with reference RTK and PPP high precision GNSS receivers.
- New laboratory Test Bench with simulated real multi-frequency and multi-constellation GNSS signal to evaluate the whole system accuracy with the new antenna design.
- Integration of all of the antenna elements in a vehicle close to commercialization.