OneNav Outperforms Leading Android Smartwatch

Even without sensor augmentation, oneNav’s pureL5TM much more accurate in urban testing

Sunnyvale, California, 26 July 2022

Silicon Valley, California-based technology company oneNav today shared side-by-side test results comparing its pureL5TM GNSS receiver customer evaluation system (CES) to a market-leading Android smartwatch. In a challenging urban environment, oneNav averaged 6x better accuracy than the smartwatch. Both units used commercial wearables antennae for testing. While the oneNav CES used only GNSS measurements, the smartwatch GNSS results were augmented by inertial sensors. At the 95th percentile, the pureL5TM unit reported about 8-meter accuracy compared to nearly 29-meter accuracy for the Android smartwatch. pureL5TM accuracy includes AI/machine learning algorithms which improve the system over time.

Origin Story

One question frequently posed to oneNav folks is, “why did you even think to create a company around single-frequency L5, something which most everyone else thought wasn’t even possible?” It’s true that, while L5/E5/B2 signal availability is increasing, the only commercial implementations have been suboptimal technically awkward dual frequency L1/L5 solutions. “The L5 signal is more accurate and reliable than L1, it has higher power and wider bandwidth, and it is less jammable,” noted Steve Poizner, co-founder and CEO of oneNav. “We looked at where the market is heading, with the wearables and tracking device markets exploding and the demand for higher accuracy increasing, and we asked, ‘why keep two bands/two RF chains/two antennas when you can get superior performance with just L5?’” said Poizner.
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About oneNav

oneNav is powering high performance positioning for location dependent mobile services. Based in Silicon Valley, California, oneNav is developing the next generation pureL5TM GNSS receiver for smartphones, wearables and tracking devices. oneNav’s team comprises top GNSS experts from Qualcomm, Apple, Intel, SnapTrack, SiRF, Trimble and eRide, with decades of GNSS and mobile industry experience. oneNav’s team of 45 people has extensive experience in GNSS system architecture, multipath mitigation, signal processing, ASIC design and AI/machine learning, and has collectively filed over 300 career GNSS patents. Investors include Google Ventures, Norwest Venture Partners and GSR Ventures. To learn more, please visit

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