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Galileo Service Interruption Planned for System Upgrade

January 19, 2015By
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Galileo’s navigation messages will shortly stop being updated to enable the migration of a new release for Galileo’s ground mission segment, announced the European Space Agency. Although the actual navigation signals will continue to be transmitted, the generation and uplink of the navigation message — which renews the contents of the signal — will be interrupted during the last week of January... read more

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Severe Weather Study Shows Potential of GNSS-RO Satellites

January 11, 2015By
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GeoOptics, a satellite-based environmental data services company, in cooperation with Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), an environmental research and development company, has announced the initial results of an Observing System Simulation Experiment (OSSE) showing the reliability of radio occultation data in improving predictions of severe weather and flash flood events. read more

Glowing Orbs Reveal Presence of GPS

January 8, 2015By
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Designer Timo Arnall has created lamps that change brightness depending on the strength of received GPS signals. The glowing orbs were made with Einar Sneve Martinussen and Jørn Knutsen as part of a research project at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. The research began in 2009 with RFID and Wi-Fi projects that aim to reveal technology in a visual way. “GPS is widely used, yet... read more

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Ford Autonomous Vehicle On the Way, CEO Says

January 8, 2015By
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Ford Motor Company highlighted the semi-autonomous vehicles it has on the road today and fully autonomous vehicles now in development at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. “We’re already manufacturing and selling semi-autonomous vehicles that use software and sensors to steer into both parallel and perpendicular parking spaces, adjust speed based on traffic flow or apply the... read more

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All-Constellation Receiver: GNSS Location Hub for Smartphones with Galileo Support

January 7, 2015By
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This tri-band receiver technology, when combined with baseband search and track engines, allows true simultaneous tracking of all current L1 GNSS signals, including GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), and satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS). By Charles Norman and Andreas Warloe, Broadcom Corporation Starting with the first commercial GPS receivers, adding support for incrementally more complex GNSS systems presents significant... read more

FAA Grants Two More UAV Exemptions

January 6, 2015By
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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today granted two more regulatory exemptions for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) operations for commercial use. The FAA granted five exemptions to four companies in December. The two companies are Advanced Aviation Solutions of Spokane, Wash., and Tierra Antiqua Reality of Tuscon, Ariz. Advanced Aviation Solutions plans to fly an eBee senseFly UAV Ag system carrying a georeferenced still... read more

CES: Magellan Launches RoadMate Auto GPS Devices with 3D Landmarks

January 6, 2015By
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Magellan has introduced its newest lineup of 5-inch RoadMate auto navigators at the International Consumer Electronics Show, being held this week in Las Vegas. To provide a more realistic view of a user’s surroundings, each of the GPS models comes equipped with 3D renderings of buildings and landmarks. The new models are: RoadMate 5322-LM, RoadMate 5330T-LM with real-time traffic alerts, and RoadMate... read more

Audi Self-Driving Car Traveling 500 Miles to CES

January 5, 2015By
Start of the 550 mile piloted drive from Silicon Valley to Las Vegas: Ricky Hudi, Executive Vice President Electric/Electronic Development, (left) and Ewald Gössmann, Excecutive Director Electronic Research Lab California (ERL), (third from right) drop the flag for the Audi A7 piloted driving concept car.

An autonomous Audi A7 is driving itself to Las Vegas for this week’s 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. The Audi is making the 550-mile trip as journalists sit behind the wheel for 100-mile stretches with an Audi official in the passenger’s seat. Audi previously sent a self-driving prototype up Pikes Peak in Colorado, which was featured as the August 2010 cover story in GPS World magazine. The... read more