Experienced leader returns to Galileo helm, now within ESA

November 24, 2015By

The European Space Agency (ESA) has unexpectedly announced a new leadership team. The naming of eight senior leaders to the heads of various departments brings back one figure very well-versed in Galileo matters to head the Galileo program and navigation-related activities: Paul Verhoef. Verhoef was the European Commission coordinator for Galileo activities from 2005 to 2011. In a rare weekend... read more

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Detroit and Silicon Valley Tech showcased at LA Auto Show

November 23, 2015By
Janice Partyka at the LA Auto Show with a car representing the GENIVI Alliance, a non-profit automotive industry alliance committed to driving the broad adoption of an in-vehicle Infotainment open-source development platform. (Photo: courtesy of Janice Partyka)

LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo, held Nov. 20-29, puts LA at the intersection of Detroit and Silicon Valley. Cybersecurity garnered attention, as did the impact of the sharing economy on connected features. Caution was urged that these new technologies be carefully vetted for safety and reliability, as failures will impede market acceptance. And research shows safety to be one of consumers’ highest valued attributes that connected vehicles can offer. read more

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Uber’s recent deals expand its autonomous vehicle strategy

November 23, 2015By
Kevin Dennehy

Uber has made big moves implementing location technology by signing a deal with TomTom, buying Microsoft’s mapping technology, and outright purchasing deCarta this year. The company is working with Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg to develop autonomous vehicle technology. In other location news, distinct technology is cropping up in the indoor location market to make widespread implementation possible. read more

Alternative GPS/GNSS test method plus simulation updates

November 19, 2015By

Note: In May 2013 this newsletter published a column on “What’s New in GNSS Simulation.” This month, Editor Tony Murfin takes a brief look at a new start-up in GNSS simulation, Skydel, and its software signal simulator. We also provide quick updates on the latest from those simulation companies and others. Skydel Software-defined simulator Skydel provides a software-defined simulator using... read more

Out in Front: Readers, marketing partners co-engineer GPS World redesign

November 15, 2015By

GPS to the power of PNT. Or, as I like to think of it, GPSPNT. We are rapidly entering — or we have already entered — the era in which we say “GPS” but we really mean so much more. We mean GNSS: GPS + GLONASS + Galileo + BeiDou. We mean all of the above plus satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS), now... read more

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Taking Position: Solving PNT problems on Mars

November 13, 2015By

In the novel The Martian, an astronaut must navigate around a duststorm using his wits. By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor Last year on my way home from ION  GNSS+, I spotted a bright orange book in the San Francisco airport. The Martian, by Andy Weir, is now a major motion picture — a wonderful movie, but one that left out a... read more

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Expert Opinions: Your Organization’s Future

November 11, 2015By

Three experts answer the question, "Where do you see your efforts and those of your organization focusing primarily over the next 5–10 years?" Vidal Ashkenazi (Notttingham Scientific Ltd.), Jules McNeff (Overlook Technologies) and Terence McGurn (Consultant) provide answers. read more

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PNTAB and eLoran in the People’s Republic

November 11, 2015By
Boulder Colorado Flatirons. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)

That is, in the People’s Republic of Boulder, Colorado. To those of us who live in Colorado, Boulder is known by this seemingly timeless but absolutely accurate appellation. This stunningly beautiful city located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, known as the Flatirons, is where the National Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing Advisory Board (PNTAB), which provides independent advice to... read more

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