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Self-driving: Old hat for tractors

December 28, 2015By
Hands-free driving: Ag companies take the wheel. (Photo: John Deere).

Google and the big automakers might get the lion’s share of attention when it comes to autonomous road vehicles, but John Deere has been making self-driving tractors for more than 15 years. Among them is the 9RX tractor, which can steer itself, freeing the farmer to focus on business. The 9RX, introduced in August, features an articulated steering system and... read more

Defeating poachers with stealth

December 28, 2015By
Night and day: UAV patrols defend dwindling elephant and rhino populations.

To stem the staggering wildlife losses on the African continent from poaching, the Air Shepherd Campaign is employing a force of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) equipped with GPS and infrared cameras. Teams on the ground, in close cooperation with wildlife reserve management organizations, use the UAVs and sophisticated predictive analysis to hunt the illegal hunters. More than 40,000 elephants were... read more

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Volvo goes HERE

December 24, 2015By
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Volvo Cars has chosen HERE to power connected navigation for the next-generation in-car control system for new and future Volvo models as part of a multi-year agreement between the two companies. Volvo’s in-car system, Sensus, offers customers a fully connected experience and incorporates advanced maps and services enabled by the HERE location cloud to provide drivers with smart guidance in... read more

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March’s Munich Summit to ‘Create a Global Village’

December 23, 2015By

“GNSS — Creating a Global Village” is the theme of the 2016 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, taking place on March 1 – 3, 2016, at the famous Munich Residenz. The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit is a conference with global impact dealing with satellite navigation now and in the future. The one-of-a-kind convention of high-ranking worldwide speakers from industry, science and governments provides the... read more

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Sensoro’s beacon network reaches 110,000 units

December 23, 2015By

A huge network of iBeacon (Apple)and Eddystone (Google) devices has emerged in China, consisting of 110,000 units run and managed by Sensoro. The network spans 25 movie theatres, 16 airports, 39 high-end retail stores, 40 major tourist destinations, 200 universities, 260 high-speed trains, 1,500 Pizza Huts and 2,100 Chow Tai Fook (CTF) jewelry stores, among other locations. Sensoro was founded... read more

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GPS-guided cruising now an option for truckers

December 23, 2015By
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GPS-guided cruise control is now in production for new models of Kenworth long-haul trucks that have the Paccar MX-13 engine. By anticipating the terrain ahead using GPS, Kenworth Predictive Cruise Control delivers optimal fuel economy by ensuring the engine and transmission are in the most efficient operating mode. The system is available as a factory-installed option. read more

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Army Gray Eagle conducts manned-unmanned exercise

December 22, 2015By

In August, U.S. Army Gray Eagle unmanned aircraft took part in manned-unmanned teaming exercises in South Korea, including streaming video and metadata to an AH-64 Apache helicopter while in flight. Exercise support was conducted from Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, and represent a milestone for the MQ-1C Gray Eagle, proving its ability to conduct operations in diverse weather condition, according... read more

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GPS artist creates global message of peace on Earth

December 22, 2015By
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Peace on Earth: That's the message spelled out across the globe by GPS artist Yassan in time for the holiday season. read more

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