Swift Navigation’s project Piski was started back in 2010 by Colin Beighley, Fergus Noble and Henry Hallam whilst working at Joby Energy, an airborne wind energy company.
They needed a GPS receiver that could maintain decimeter level accuracy during the kinds of extreme accelerations the turbines would undergo, without losing lock and without costing a small fortune.
They quickly realised that an affordable GPS receiver capable of centimeter level precision would open up a whole new range of possibilities for autonomous vehicles and all kinds of other projects, so in 2012 they founded Swift Navigation to bring the technology they had developed to market.
Piksi is an RTK GPS receiver with open source software that costs one tenth the price of any other available RTK system.
We designed Piksi with the belief that providing this level of positioning precision at a radically lower cost would open it up to a much wider range of applications. We are particularly excited about its use in autonomous vehicle systems. Civilian and hobbyist use of UAVs has increased dramatically over the last few years, yet highly accurate, low cost localization solutions are not available yet. We hope that Piksi will help to fill this gap and push the envelope of what is possible with these systems.