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Announcing strategic investment from GM Ventures and collaboration with General Motors on Integration of Next Generation GPS Technologies

Thursday 5th January, 2023

We are delighted to explore the application of our Supercorrelation technology into the automotive sector with General Motors, a leader in advanced driver assistance systems. This is a major milestone in our journey on the back of strategic investment from GM Ventures.

The collaboration with GM will focus on possible applications of Supercorrelation technology in future vehicles, including potential enhancements and expansion of its Super Cruise advanced hands-free driving assistance technology and its upcoming Ultra Cruise advanced driver assistance system in the coming years.

“FocalPoint’s Supercorrelation technology can make navigation and positioning more precise, especially in dense urban environments, which we believe can have significant benefits for the ongoing growth and capability of ADAS and AV systems” said Scott Pomerantz, FocalPoint, CEO.

“We’re delighted to expand our advanced technology into the automotive sector with GM, a leader in advanced driver assistance systems.”
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"We’re constantly researching technologies to support and enhance the growth and performance of our vehicles, both within our internal research and development operations and through collaborations with innovators beyond our company.” said Kent Helfrich, President, GM Ventures.

“This collaboration with FocalPoint targets a specific aspect of the ongoing expansion of Super Cruise and Ultra Cruise going forward.”
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View of driver’s side front cabin in 2024 Chevrolet Equinox EV 3LT with Super Cruise activated (Preproduction model shown)

We were founded to address the critical issue of GPS inaccuracies of current receivers and bring navigation positioning better in line with the demands of businesses and individuals in the 21st century and through the technology we aim to redefine state-of-the-art next generation GPS Technologies for the safety and reliability of lane-level positioning.

This latest investment follows our Series C funding round of £23m, led by Molten Ventures and Gresham House Ventures. We have also secured funding from the European Space Agency’s NAVISP programme to develop a live demonstration and rapid prototyping system to accelerate our activities in the automotive and mobile sector.

Having already licensed some of its technologies to u-blox, the leading European manufacturer of wireless communication and positioning technologies, for use in their GNSS receivers, this collaboration signifies our first steps into the booming automotive market.

Currently, over a trillion dollars of the US economy and over 800 billion euros of the European economy depend on positioning and timing systems (RTI source)

“This is a major milestone for FocalPoint as we work with General Motors to explore the deployment of our technologies in EVs and AVs. Accurate positioning for autonomous cars and driver assistance platforms is an opportunity for the industry and we are proud to be providing a much-needed solution” commented Ramsey Faragher, FocalPoint Founder, President and CTO.

If you'd like to learn more about our our positioning solutions for the automotive sector, please contact us and a member of the team will get in touch with you.

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