Newsletter Editorials

Reflections and Hope for GNSS

December 10, 2014By

2014 marks 40 years of my long association with the positioning, navigation and timing gold standard we call GPS. There’s no question that GPS or GNSS should remain as the bedrock for all PNT solutions. Three technologies that can build on GNSS are eLoran, inertial systems, and all signals available. read more

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What Happened to Piksi, the $995 RTK GNSS Receiver on Kickstarter?

December 3, 2014By
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A little more than a year ago, Swift Navigation started a Kickstarter campaign for a $995 RTK GNSS receiver named Piksi. The goal was to raise $14,000 for the project. By the time the Kickstarter campaign was ended, Swift raised $166,097 from 303 backers. I wrote an article about the Swift’s Kickstarter campaign in September 2013, a few days before... read more

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GNSS System Mandates Would Violate International Trade Agreements

November 26, 2014By
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A U.S. government representative stated at an international satnav forum that mandating use of specific GNSS services for applications such as air-traffic control, freight shipments, emergency calling, and road tolling could violate the terms of World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements that many nations, including all six GNSS providers, have signed. Regional mandates already exist for Glonass in Russia and Beidou... read more

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Connected Car Show: Issues Arise as Automakers Look to Autonomous Vehicles

November 21, 2014By
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Hacking, Privacy, and Consumer Acceptance Top the List
Vehicle styling, speed and looks took the back seat while capabilities driven by GPS, sensors and data were up front at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show’s Connected Car Expo. Privacy and security, distractibility and safety, and human interfaces were all hot issues. read more

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Autonomous Vehicles Are Coming…But When?

November 20, 2014By
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The autonomous, or driverless, vehicle market seems to be a big side topic at connected car conferences. Location technology will continue to play a role in the development of autonomous vehicle markets. However, many view a fully autonomous vehicle to be more than 10 years away — these are usually folks from the auto industry or academia. Others, those who lurk around Silicon Valley, believe that driverless cars will be on the road in half that time...and once again, if Detroit doesn’t move on it, they will. read more

Professors That Make a Difference

November 12, 2014By
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Despite being an avowed Anglophile since my first visit to the United Kingdom, somewhere around 50+ years ago, I just could not help myself. Professor David Last, Professor Emeritus at the University of Wales (Bangor) and former president of the Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) was holding forth, with that wonderful, attention-arresting public school accent, on weighty PNT (position, navigation and timing) matters before an awestruck audience. read more

Trimble Dimensions Provides Focus on Range of Satellite-Based Correction Services

November 5, 2014By

With more than 4,000 attendees, this year’s Trimble Dimensions User Conference was the largest ever and, I must say, a well-organized event chock full of technical content — enough to squelch the most intense geospatial hunger pangs you might have. One could write a book on all the technology and market segments that Trimble is pursuing and offering solutions for. In... read more