Expert Opinions: What will help regulators, public accept autonomous vehicles on the road?

May 11, 2016By

Q: What advance — or, overcoming what challenge — will most enable acceptance of autonomous vehicles on the road with regulators and the public? A: Similar to airplanes with an autopilot feature, the key issues that must be addressed in autonomous vehicles are redundancy and reliability of systems and appropriate, timely signals to the operator. One key area where this... read more

Amsterdam declaration advances Europe in autonomous driving

May 9, 2016By

Europe has leapt forward in the ragged advance toward autonomous road travel. The Declaration of Amsterdam, “Cooperation in the field of connected and automated driving,” signed April 14 by the 28 transport ministers of the European Union member states, lays out a strong vision of road future. The language shows some pretty steely resolve to see a driverless ground transport... read more

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GNSS and the real-time network: The surveyor’s best friend

May 4, 2016By
North SmaRTK GNSS RTK Receiver being used to survey the forest population in Switzerland. (Wikimedia Commons)

A lot of talk is being made about UAVs these days and how this technology is going to revolutionize many industries, with surveying being one of the biggest users. I won’t deny the impact this new tool is going to have on our profession (as written in my last column). But I don’t think it will compare to the use... read more

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GNSS has bad days, too

April 27, 2016By
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“Even the best technology has a bad day,” Charles Schue told the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), which relies very heavily on the best technology to keep the world’s financial edifice afloat. Vulnerabilities in the stock market were pointed up during a demonstration on April 19, showcasing how one positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system can cover the chinks in... read more

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Drones: Registration and regulation move forward amid near misses

April 20, 2016By

As the popularity of drones for personal use continues to increase, most of the people who have bought them are sensible folks who have registered their vehicles with the FAA (in the U.S.) and other authorities elsewhere. They respect the rules that have been laid down for them to operate — fly below 400 feet (recently increased by the FAA from 200 feet), don’t fly... read more

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Don Jewell reports from 32nd annual Space Symposium

April 11, 2016By

Opening Day, April 11 It never fails. Invite 11,000-plus of your closest acquaintances for a week in the Rocky Mountains in April, and you have one — make that several — weather related events. I have attended 30 of the 32 Space Symposiums and it always rains buckets, snows a blizzard, hails in biblical amounts or is a combination of all three interspersed with incredible... read more

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Expert Opinions: Apps for drones, UAV market sector and new regulations

April 7, 2016By

Q: What is the “killer app” for professional use of drones? What UAV market sector will most powerfully drive adoption and influence new regulations?   A: The mapping market is opening up. On construction and mining sites, surveyors walk between dozers and dump trucks to create digital terrain models, a time-consuming and dangerous job, which drones can do more efficiently... read more

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Mining the magic ‘More’ menu

March 30, 2016By

By Tracy Cozzens Managing Editor In our redesign of the GPS World website, which coincided with our magazine redesign in November 2015, we endeavored to make the website even easier to use. Part of that effort consolidated some of our most popular features under the More dropdown menu. The little word appears at the far right of the menu row... read more