Automotive Navigation & Test

The Challenge

GPS has gone from a dashboard-top convenience to a critical sensor signal utilized in a wide variety of automotive systems.

Driver assistance; enhanced performance of the drive train; braking, suspension and other subsystems; pre-deployment of safety mechanisms; telematics; optimization of fuel consumption; and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications are just a few critical applications for GPS.

In order to fully test systems with integrated GPS, they need to be tested under real-world conditions. However, the conventional test track is very costly and time-intensive. That's where simulation comes in.


We love to find new destinations as much as you do.

We have an awesome GPS tester. Also think of it as a highly integrateable and customizable component that will add high value to your test systems for research, development, quality control and manufacturing. 

Studies Indicate Test Time Reduced by 70-80%

A wide-spectrum of real-world conditions can be replicated in a virtual lab environment. Testing through real-time simulation of the vehicle and environment can be accomplished using a combination of fast standalone bench tests and highly integrated hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) technology.

GPS Testing for the Entire Industry Value Chain

We help automotive application developers, subsystem manufacturers and others in the value chain ensure the reliable integration of GPS receivers.

Whether testing on the bench top, production line or highly integrated hardware-in-the-loop, our simulation and test systems generate the exact same radio signal as transmitted by the satellites but under the conditions you specify, anytime, anywhere.

Comprehensive GPS testing via simulation benefits include:

  • Easy, fast, powerful and affordable
  • Reduces cost and time-to-market
  • Improves quality and reliability
  • Completely integrates into existing and advanced testing environment
  • Generates GPS RF according to test scenarios
  • Allows Multi-GNSS testing (GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and more)
  • Allows remote control via interfaces
  • Integrates API via SCPI commands

Put Us to the Test

As experts in GNSS signals, we help you make the most out of your applications for GPS receivers and other technologies for positioning, navigation and timing.

Our hardware GPS/GNSS RF generating simulation platform is just a start. We provide applications assistance, integration services, training and startup support and a wide range of other services to get ahead and stay ahead in every growing mobile world.

Here's a start:



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Spectracom solution provides GSG simulators with configuration for eCall devices, a testing tool and dedicated scenarios (option “OPT-ECL”).
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017


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GPS and GNSS testing via RF generation/simulation supports faster and more comprehensive product testing and quality control.
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Monday, December 31, 2018
By: Spectracom

Presentations and Articles

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Presented at the Institute of Navigation's (ION) joint meeting of their International Technical Meeting (ITM) and Precise Time and Time Interval Meeting (PTTI), Spectracom's CTO, John Fischer, shares his perspective on the confluence of precise timing and the future of autonomous navigation.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2016
By: John Fischer - Spectracom
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The resurgence of the automotive industry has come with strong buyer interest in technology to improve safety, convenience and awareness in the automobile. GPS is one such technology that has strong consumer demand. While a GPS receiver is at the heart of any navigation system, applications for GPS extend to a wide range of automotive systems. Virtually anything with a sensor can take advantage of GPS data such as date, time, precise frequency, altitude, heading, velocity partly because it is very accurate and independent of any other system. But GPS is not the only satellite in the sky anymore. More and more Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are being developed and deployed. Receivers are available to make use of multiple systems that, when used together, improves accuracy and reliability.

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Thursday, May 17, 2012
By: Spectracom
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Land-vehicle autonomous navigation requires centimeter-level qualification tools to enable confidence build-up for delivery to open-road traffic insertion. External positioning sensors over a dedicated road section can be replaced with an embedded high-accuracy, highly responsive epoch-by-epoch differential GNSS receiver coupled with an inertial navigation system. The demonstated absolute accuracy and mobility extends the potential test area and minimizes cost for multi-environment validation.
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Monday, June 15, 2015
By: Spectracom

White Papers

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For more than a decade, GPS has been at the core of the navigation systems used in all types of road vehicles, train systems and marine transport vehicles. As industry moves from standalone navigation systems to the advanced multi-sensor systems used in intelligent transportation systems (ITS), GPS signals remain a key component of these systems.

The development of autonomous vehicles for road, rail and water demands a comprehensive and repeatable test plan for GNSS. This white paper discusses and outlines testing methods for GNSS performance and vulnerabilities.

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Friday, October 26, 2018