u-blox, the leading Swiss provider of GPS receiver technology, has partnered with paragon, a leading German automotive electronic supplier, and Magna, a worldwide leader in automotive systems and components, to develop the rear-view mirror navigator. The MirrorPilot® Navigator is a fully functional GPS navigation system, including GPS receiver, antenna and speaker built into a self-dimming rear-view mirror. This innovative navigation system simply replaces the standard rear-view mirror of a car, leaving the car cockpit free of cables, and includes a remote control for ease of use.
Software features include various routes and device options, destination storage for recent destinations and over 800.000 points of interest. Moreover, the MirrorPilot® Navigator automatically zooms in at crossroad and junctions and redirects users at traffic jams.
The navigator currently uses u-blox’ LEA-4S GPS module, whose award-winning SuperSense® weak signal tracking functionality enables accurate and reliable positioning even in difficult signal conditions such as parking lots and dense urban environments. A new version is being designed that incorporates the 50-channel LEA-5S module, featuring 1-second acquisition performance.
“We were looking for a small, cost-efficient GPS receiver that would out-perform standard navigators in terms of positioning accuracy and reliability. u-blox’ compact LEA-4S GPS module offered outstanding performance at the right price,” said Frank-Horst Schank, General Manager at paragon. “Moreover, the module’s standalone architecture and ease of integration reduced our development efforts, enabling us to enter the market in record time.”
“The MirrorPilot® cleverly solves several of the problems typically associated with the installation and use of external navigation devices. By integrating the navigator into the rear-view mirror of the car, cumbersome installation, power cables and limited views to the road become a thing of the past”, said Armin Böshenz, Area Sales Manager at u-blox. “We are proud to have been selected as technology provider for such an innovative product.”
The MirrorPilot® Navigator is available for Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the EU. For more information on the product specifications and purchasing, please visit: www.mirrorpilot.com.
paragon AG develops, produces and distributes trendsetting system solutions in the business divisions Automotive, Electronic Solutions. With creativity and spirit paragon consistently succeeds in developing products that no one else has ever thought of. In the business division Automotive paragon as complete supplier of the automotive industry offers an extensive range of products relating to Climate Systems, Car Media Systems, Instrumentation and Control Systems.
Magna Donnelly is the world’s largest producer of automotive mirror systems supplying automotive customers around the world with rear vision systems (mirrors and cameras), modular window systems and handle products. Magna Donnelly integrates sophisticated automotive electronics and communications technology into many of its products. Magna Donnelly is a company of Magna International, the most diversified automotive supplier in the world. Magna’s capabilities include the design, engineering, testing and manufacture of automotive interior systems; seating systems; closure systems; metal body & chassis systems; mirror systems; exterior systems; roof systems; electronic systems; power train systems as well as complete vehicle engineering and assembly. Magna employs more than 83.000 people in 238 production and 60 engineering and R&D centres in 23 countries on 5 continents.
u-blox is an international company headquartered in Switzerland. u-blox has subsidiaries in the USA, Singapore and Hong Kong and additional representative offices in China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Founded in 1997, u-blox develops leading positioning technology, products and services based on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), including GPS and GALILEO, for the automotive, mobile terminals and infrastructure markets.