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Autonomous Vehicles and Maxtena Precision GNSS

Smart Cars, Driverless Cars, and Beyond

The driverless car: a culmination of over a decade of research and development that aims to disrupt the automotive and transportation industries. While there is a lot of excitement and buzz about the industry, there is still a lot of research to be done before autonomous (driverless) vehicles become a standard on the streets.

Autonomous or Not...

Helicore Antennas

Autonomous or not, Helicore Antennas provide reliable, precision performance that outperforms ceramic elements in every aspect

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Helicore for Autonomous Vehicles

As the smart car grows toward its autonomous evolution, we continually find that even with new connectivity devices and services, GNSS remains the best solution for automotive systems for absolute positioning and timing. Within the autonomous vehicle design, absolute positioning and timing is integral and requires precision to keep automated vehicle systems reliably where they need to be: safely in the lane, connected, and on the road. Helicore GNSS antennas do it best, and they do it with style.

How Maxtena can help

Maxtena is working directly with leaders in the autonomous vehicle industry to develop advanced antenna solutions for multiple applications within the autonomous vehicle. First and foremost, our Helicore line of antennas continues to provide superior location data and multipath rejection, as it always has. You can read more about Helicore below.


One of our customers approached us with a particular problem: their GNSS antenna was not accurate enough to locate the individual smart cars in their fleet. It proved a major issue since the location accuracy was not precise enough to find the vehicle in urban canyons and city limits. Their system would mark their cars as being on a different street entirely, effectively losing their assets most importantly their customers.

Our engineers provided an innovative solution to this problem by integrating our antenna technology directly into the smart cars. This solution provided the decimeter accuracy necessary to identify the car's precise location within narrow city streets of urban canyons and lead to higher end customer satisfaction and cost savings overall.


Maxtena is working directly with leading autonomous vehicle partners to further develop anti-spoofing technology. We ensure expert integration with the latest anti-spoofing receiver technology and are further investigating alternate methods to prevent vehicle hacking or tampering.

PPP Correction

We are also working with industry leaders to provide multiband antennas capable of providing high availability and reliable signal for PPP Correction Operations.We are designing custom multiband antennas for both dual-frequency GNSS error sources as well as for use with External Error Correction Data other services similar to Inmarsat, Iridium, OmniStar, Globalstar, etc.


In addition to our research into precision accuracy and reliable signals from multiple services, our engineers are working with our partners to provide solutions for precise data for vehicle orientation while in motion.

Helicore Features

  • Lightweight


  • Groundplane Independent


  • Incredible Axial Ratio


  • Superior Omni-directional Coverage




Helicore Antennas perform at least 70% better than ceramic solutions.
  • Easy to Embed


  • Inherent Filtering


  • Unprecedented Pattern Stability


  • Multiband


Phase Center Variation in Azimuth for Helicore Vehicle Antenna comparison to a competing product
Phase Center Variation in Azimuth for Helicore Vehicle Antenna comparison to a competing product

Extreme Phase Center Stability

Helicore antennas lead the industry with their extreme phase center stability. What does that mean? It means that our antennas are receiver agnostic: they work with any kind of receiver to produce quality data. Whichever receiver you use, Helicore just works.

The comparative data shows that the Helicore antenna in this vehicle test has minimum phase center variation. It is much more stable than the currently integrated antenna.

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We know: this industry is big and has a lot to take in. That's why we're here to help. Contact us with your scope of work; we provide expert engineering services, and we really know antennas.

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