TAG: Google

Autonomous Cars Take to Britain’s Streets

February 23, 2015By

Driverless cars are now traveling Britain’s public roads, according to a report in the Providence Journal. Four prototype self-driving cars took to the country’s highways, launching Britain’s first public trials. Still, with regulatory and legal hurdles, officials said fully driverless cars are unlikely to be used on British roads until 2030. Four types of autonomous vehicles are being tested, including a shuttle that... read more

Apple, Sony May Develop Self-Driving Cars

February 17, 2015By

Apple is working on its own autonomous car, according to Reuters. An auto industry source told Reuters that the tech giant is gathering information and parts to make a prototype for the autonomous electric vehicle — the entire car, not just automotive software or components. “They don’t appear to want a lot of help from carmakers,” said the unnamed source. Apple is gathering... read more

ISRO to Launch Google’s Skybox Satellite This Year

February 12, 2015By

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) will launch Google’s Skybox Imaging satellite by the end of this year, according to The Asian Age. ISRO will launch its first U.S. satellite from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, according to the news brief. Google acquired Skybox Imaging in August of 2014 to develop advanced GPS mapping using its own network of satellites, according to... read more

deCarta Powers POI Search for Major Mobile Handset Maker

August 27, 2014By

Advanced Search Engine Replaces Google Local Search in 122 Countries deCarta, Inc., an independent LBS platform company, is now providing the local search function for a worldwide, top-five mobile handset manufacturer. deCarta has been hosting and running the search service since August 7 using its advanced geosearch engine — L2 — and has replaced the search service previously provided by Google. The service... read more

Mid-Year Report on Location Market: Privacy, Google, and AT&T

June 25, 2014By

Half the year is over. It’s gone. Now it’s time to figure out where the location industry is going for the remainder of the year. One analyst (actually, several) believe that the industry, fueled by indoor location and place-based advertising, is around $14 billion right now — with no place to go but up — given some bump in consumer... read more

Google Acquires Satellite-Imaging Startup for $500M

June 25, 2014By
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Google enhanced its online mapping service by acquiring Mountain View, California-based Skybox Imaging for $500 million in cash. Sources say both Google and Facebook are purchasing satellite and drone companies in an attempt to expand into other market areas. One of the ways Google will be leveraging Skybox is in disaster relief and to improve Internet access in remote areas,... read more

European Court Rules on Privacy — Is Location Next?

May 29, 2014By
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The highest court in the European Union has granted the right to be forgotten by a search engine. Will location privacy be next on the docket? We are seeing the beginnings of the in-car smartphone-type apps market and are watching for approaching hockey-stick style growth that is a year or two away. Google has added rich, engaging features to maps.... read more

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Missing Plane, New Mapping Abilities, and GPS Jamming

March 25, 2014By

As the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 riveted our attention, many sprang into action. More than two million volunteers scoured online satellite images for signs of the plane via Tomnod, a crowdsourcing project of DigitalGlobe. Volunteers like Robert Wilkinson are asked to view satellite photos and tag any signs of wreckage, rafts, oil spills and other objects that may... read more