Winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, International Trade, 2019
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The Story of OxTS

At OxTS we’re passionate about inertial navigation and how we can help our customers with our technology. With two decades of experience in combining the best of high precision GNSS receivers and world-class inertial navigation expertise, OxTS’ products have become the industry standard for automotive testing and are widely used in other industries.

Our products provide position, roll, pitch, heading and other measurements of vehicles on land, sea and in the air. Our highly accurate RT3000 series is used by almost all car manufacturers in the world for vehicle dynamics testing, validating advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) sensors or developing self-driving cars. Our range of combined, compact GNSS/INS systems are used for sensor position and orientation on mobile mapping vehicles or for direct georeferencing data from airborne surveying.


Our story began in 1998 with two Oxford University graduates who shared passion for technology. Dr. Alex Nairac and Brendan Watts spotted a gap in the market for a land-based inertial navigation system and started Oxford Technical Solutions


OxTS’ first product, the CP2000 was a hard sell. It was a combined GPS/INS system, but data could only be used after post-processing. After the loss of a sale to a UK-based vehicle manufacturer, it was obvious that what customers really wanted was real-time measurements.


OxTS launched an improved, real-time INS/GPS —the RT3000. The first RT3000 was soon sold to a car manufacturer in Germany, and from that point on, OxTS products have become the product of choice for vehicle testing around the globe.


Following an enquiry from a leading car manufacturer, OxTS developed an extension product for measuring range between vehicles. To date, the RT-Range is one of the preferred solutions for validating advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) with more than 120 vehicle manufacturers, test houses and NCAP test facilities using it globally.

The RT3000 successfully guided two teams to the finish line of the DARPA Challenge – an autonomous vehicle competition in the US.


OxTS expands its product portfolio and launches a cost-effective GPS/INS – The RT2000.

Five teams choose the RT3000 to compete in the DARPA Urban Challenge – a competition where self-driving vehicles navigate through a mock-up city environment.

OxTS expands and takes on more staff and office space to cope with increasing demand.


The RT-Range software has been enhanced to work with 4 target vehicles and balloon targets, making it ever more popular with car manufacturers to perform increasingly complex advanced safety tests.

OxTS develops its first product to address markets away from its core automotive business. The launch of the Inertial+ marked another milestone in OxTS history.


Chris Hocking joins OxTS as General Manager and, following significant growth and further expansion plans, was appointed Director in 2014.


Another milestone development: The launch of a miniature INS/GNSS which addresses a whole new market: UAV systems with restricted payloads as well as companies integrating GNSS, INS and other sensors for mapping and survey applications.


OxTS opens a new Application Engineering division for dealing directly with custom project requests.

RT products are used by almost all vehicle manufacturers in the world for vehicle dynamics testing, whereas the RT-Range has become the product of choice for ADAS sensor validation.


After further, significant growth, OxTS moves its Engineering and Commercial departments into new premises to accommodate the growing teams and in order to cope with increasing demand.


OxTS celebrates its 20th anniversary and combines celebration with a sales conference which is attended by channel partners from more than 15 different countries.