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Advanced Smart Mobility Autonomous Bus
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Japanese Start-Up Chooses Trimble BX940 for High-Accuracy Positioning in Autonomous Mass Transportation Vehicles


Founded in 2014, Advanced Smart Mobility is a venture company in collaboration with The University of Tokyo. Together they pursue research while embedding research results into final products. Their mission is to use advanced mobility technologies to allow everyone, regardless of health or physical limitations, to enjoy comfortable travels.

Japan has recently faced a severe driver shortage in their public mass transportation systems. To solve this challenge, they are looking to create a smart public transportation system, including a significant component of autonomous buses and trucks.

On-road autonomous driving has significant challenges. Advanced Smart Mobility teams needed to first understand how to build an application that responds accurately in multiple environments (urban, suburban and mountain areas). In order to perform correctly in those settings, the application needs to be stable and robust, while also capable of delivering accurate vehicular localization.


The team at Advanced Smart Mobility selected Trimble’s high-precision positioning technology (including RTK with VRS) to achieve the highest level accuracy.


Unmanned ground vehicles demand accuracy and reliability while OEMs and systems integrators
require ease of integration to reduce development time and cost. Trimble’s hardware and
software systems are designed specifically for rugged dependability and ease of integration.


Watch an autonomous bus from Advanced Smart Mobility in action.



Trimble BX940 Triple Frequency GNSS Receiver

Trimble BX940 Triple Frequency GNSS Receiver


  • The rugged Trimble BX940 enclosure, powered by the Trimble BD940-INS GNSS receiver board, is an integrated GNSS-Inertial engine delivering high accuracy GNSS, DGNSS positions in the most challenging environments.

  • Supporting dual frequency from Galileo and BeiDou, as well as triple frequency from the GPS and GLONASS constellations, the Trimble BX940 provides reliable RTK initializations for 1-2 centimeter positioning.

  • Like all Trimble products, the Trimble BX940 delivers reliable industry-leading, centimeter-level positioning technology for applications that require high levels of precision. Customers can rely on the accuracy of measurements, positioning or orientation.

Click the button below to learn more about the Trimble BX940 and how it can help you achieve centimeter-level positioning for your application.






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