Japan's domestic navigation system, the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), was designed as GPS augmentation system allowing for centimetre level accuracy when supplementing existing GPS data.
Self-driving trucks have been on the radar for a long time, but the technology is rapidly advancing. Australian fleets are expected to be early adopters due to the size of the country.
Despite the use of advanced technology by authorities to combat drug smuggling to the United States, organised crime groups in Latin America are still using basic technology to elude them.
Hidden deep within the recent Australian Federal Budget were details for establishing a new service to deliver updated satellite imagery to all Australians.
Sony has developed a CCD image sensor that can help autonomous cars make sense of electronic road signs and see better when transitioning between dark tunnels and daylight.
A mile away from where Google builds the maps used by people around the world, a 25-person startup is trying to do something similar for robots.
Could this be one of the most beautiful satellites ever made? In fact it is one of twins, as there are two of these jewelled spheres orbiting Earth.
Fleets of self-driving cars hitting the road in the next four years could upset the rollout of the second stage of Canberra's light rail network, one of the speakers at an upcoming transport forum has warned.
We will continue to see advances in hardware and software along with new interfaces and ways to collect and display survey data almost daily, and we will continue to deal with adaptation.
WITHIN a few years western Sydney will be transformed as residents step out of homes and offices and into satellite controlled driverless cars — many of them called up through an app on smart phones.
Apple built its success on the practice of creating both hardware and software, while competitors such as Google and Microsoft (mostly) create software to be used in other companies' hardware.
Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, recently announced that its newest flagship smartphones are Galileo-enabled.
At 25-years old, Global Positioning System Satellite Vehicle Number 27 completed its time in orbit before the 2nd Space Operations Squadron said goodbye via final command and disposal here April 18.
From 1 April to 30 June 2017, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (known as the ‘Galileo Masters’), the largest international competition for the innovative use of satellite navigation, will be scouting for outstanding ideas and business models to put on the fast track.... read more
Test results from the long-running Adjacent Band Compatibility (ABC) Assessment show interference from wireless signals in nearby bands could negatively impact GPS receivers kilometres away from Long-Term Evolution (LTE) ground stations and render some more closely located GPS receivers useless... read more
The all-new 2017 GSA GNSS Market Report will be launched in May, and here’s a sneak peek at the market intelligence and insight you’ll find inside.
The sleek Vanhawks Valour is a carbon fibre beauty that integrates a 'connected' platform in a bid to reshape urban commuting.
Austin Russell, now 22, was barely old enough to drive when he set out to create a safer navigation system for robot-controlled cars. His ambitions are about to be tested.
Much-discussed and sometimes despaired of, there's finally official word that Apple is working on a self-driving car, joining the dozens of other tech and auto companies approved to test autonomous vehicles in California.
GPS usually works great outdoors, but what if you’re disoriented in a large building such as a museum or a mall?
A poll by research firm Roy Morgan showed that male drivers were most likely to embrace a driver-free drive with 51 per cent agreeing they’d drive in a driverless car now. However, female respondents were less enthusiastic with 41 per cent agreeing they would.
The Galileo Search And Rescue (SAR) service, made possible by the Galileo satellite constellation, is now active.
New market resesarch has shown that Ford is the closest - while still having a fair way to go - to building a fully driverless car.
China's home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) will expand its cooperation to Thailand and Sri Lanka, and then to the entire Southeast Asia, in a bid to go global, the system's operator has said.
With two federal budgets in play simultaneously, defense spending increases being proposed from multiple directions and a looming government shutdown it's easy to lose track of where things stand with GPS funding.
Curtin University will be the first tertiary institution in Australia to trial a commercial driverless bus when the service launches at the end of this month.
The autonomous bus will be free to ride, seat 11 people, will be entirely electric and will travel up to 45km/h.
The U.S. Global Positioning System can be disrupted too easily and needs better protection, experts testified during a March 29 congressional hearing on space threats and the implications for homeland security.
“It’s always been time.” That was the first answer out of the gate, given in Session 3 of the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit last month. Dominic Hayes, Spectrum Management and Policy for Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus at the European Commission, was prompt off the mark.
An Adelaide tech company has announced it has secured $2 million of grants from the state government, and will spend a part of it on buying two self-driving cars.
Geospatial information forms a critical part of many IoT solutions, and Australia is at the forefront of driving improvements to its accuracy, according to one executive.
Using a satnav to get to your destination 'switches off' parts of the brain that would otherwise be used to simulate different routes, reveals new UCL research.
The New South Wales government plans to introduce legislation to facilitate safe and legal trials for connected and automated vehicles.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) has just released a research report into the safety of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or drones.
In the coming weeks three Australian-made research satellites will be launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida as part of a resupply mission to the International Space Station.
Despite having a long history in the industry, including test ranges in South Australia, the country remains one of the few OECD nations without a national space program or agency.
The South Australian Government has just announced AU$5.6m in funding for driverless shuttle and pod trials to take place in its capital Adelaide
A cycling group has caused a stir online after completing a 202-kilometre ride across Perth, mapping a picture of a goat. Ben Jones, one of four members of the amateur cycling team Fight Club, told ABC Radio Perth it took eight hours to complete. He said it was just a fun way to spend a Sunday... read more
Of course not, but perhaps there should be. At least, that’s what one academic has proposed in light of the impending pushes by governments and private organisations to land people on the red planet within the coming decades.
"Revolutionary" is a word you hear often when people talk about the GRACE mission. Since the twin satellites of the U.S./German Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment launched on March 17, 2002, their data have transformed scientists' view of how water moves and is stored around the planet.
Describing cars of the future as data centers on wheels, Intel announced it is buying autonomous car technology provider Mobileye for $15.3 billion.
China plans to launch six to eight BeiDou-3 satellites in 2017, according to a senior designer of the satellite navigation system.
The IGS RINEX Working Group recently announced the release of documents detailing the RINEX 3.03 Update 1.
Raytheon is closer to delivering next-generation capabilities for the U.S. Air Force-led Global Positioning System Operational Control System project. The company recently announced the completion of a major engineering milestone for the project, also referred to as GPS OCX.
The Federal Government has today awarded iMOVE CRC, a new intelligent transport cooperative research centre, a $55 million grant for a ten year research and development project.
Several jamming incidents in 2016 highlight the increasing reliance on GNSS by commercial aviation and vulnerabilities of PNT-dependent devices and systems to real-world GNSS threats.
Australia and the United States are leading a six-nation effort to investigate the possible joint procurement of a GPS-enabled diver navigation system for covert operations.
Global navigation satellite system (GNSS) technology found its way into products ranging from autonomous vehicles to wearables at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
How do you create a map showing every road with the precise location of every stop sign, all the lane markings, every exit ramp and every traffic light — and update it in real time as traffic is rerouted around construction and accidents?
A new online forum has been launched to support users with the implementation of Australia’s new datum, GDA2020.
It's rare that software engineers are lauded as the heroes of anything, but Roborace CEO Denis Sverdlov wants to change that.
The buzzword in drone research is autonomous - having the unmanned aerial vehicle do most or all of its own flying.
Just how hot is the self-driving vehicle space? So hot that if you're a sharp 21-year-old with robotics experience and some smart friends, you can land millions to start your own company.
Since Karl Benz was granted a patent for his first internal combustion engine in 1879, the automotive industry has changed substantially. Or has it?
Ministers from Australia and New Zealand have this week announced an agreement for the two nations to combine forces to develop precise satellite positioning in the Australasian region.
Integrated transport has long been the holy grail of transport engineering. Now, a project set up north of Melbourne’s CBD aims to make it a reality.
A prefecture in China’s far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking systems as part of stepped-up measures against violent attacks.
Chinese navigation satellite BeiDou-3 is scheduled to be launched in July 2017, according to its developer, China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC).
Telstra says the government should implement policies that promote the uptake of autonomous vehicle (AV) technologies, warning that compared to Europe and North America, Australia is lagging when it comes to initiatives involving connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV).
Planet successfully has launched 88 Dove satellites, creating the largest satellite constellation ever to reach orbit. With these satellites in orbit, Planet will reach its Mission 1: the ability to image all of Earth’s landmass every day.
The European Union activated its Galileo satellite navigation system in December 2016. The EU is dedicated to setting this system apart from other navigation systems such as GPS - the US counterpart of Galileo.
The third call for APPLICATIONS IN SATELLITE NAVIGATION-GALILEO opened on 8 November 2016 and deadline is 1 March 2017. With a budget of EUR 70 billion for the period 2014-2020, the H2020 programme provides opportunities for the development of applications (apps) for use with EGNOS and Galileo... read more
Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals are critical tools for industries requiring exact precision and high confidence.
The United Kingdom may be cut off the new EU global positioning system (GPS) Galileo, which has been developed with active participation of British companies, and will have to hold separate negotiations to obtain access to the system after London leaves the European Union, media reported.
Any nation that hopes to have a space program needs to be able to keep an eye on its orbiting assets at all times. This means that Australia has become a key link in the global chain of ground-based tracking stations.
In January it was announced that the Australian Government will invest $12 million in a two-year program looking into the future of positioning technology in Australia.
Self-driving cars haven’t yet rolled into Washington politics.
Google’s parent company Alphabet has signed an agreement to sell its remote sensing business, Terra Bella.
Spirent Communications plc’s annual security forecast warns of the increased likelihood of disruptions this year to a wide variety of civil and military applications relying on global navigation satellite systems — GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou.
The race is heating up to launch self-driving cars worldwide, and Asia is off with a jolt as some 10 million driverless cars are predicted to hit the roads by 2020.
Nothing on the Earth’s solid surface is static because all land is moving very slowly due to continental drift.
Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial... read more
Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. (IAI) has unveiled ADA - an advanced system that protects avionic systems from GPS jamming.
Today, more than 16 years of space-weather data is publicly available for the first time in history. The data comes from space-weather sensors on board the nation’s GPS satellites.
Three atomic clocks onboard a single satellite of the NAVIC Indian regional navigation satellite system have failed.
UK-based autonomous transport developer RDM Group will establish its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Adelaide.
U-blox has launched a new positioning module, the ZOE-M8G. The ZOE-M8G is an ultra-compact GNSS receiver module designed for markets where small size, minimal weight and high location precision are essential.
Professor Chris Rizos is passionate about promoting what he refers to as ‘modern geodesy’ and raising its profile on the global stage.
I’m both excited and nervous about the arrival of the autonomous car.
The European Space Agency (ESA) issued a press release addressing the Galileo clock failures reported Jan. 18.
A program designed to test instant, accurate and reliable positioning technology will receive funding from the federal government.
Europe's beleaguered Galileo satnav has suffered another setback, with clocks failing onboard a number of satellites in space, according to the European Space Agency.
Russia and China are in the process of setting up a joint Differential Corrections and Monitoring (SDCM) high-precision satellite navigation system, China National Space Administration (CNSA) chief representative in Russia Zhang Yuan said Tuesday 17 January.
This will be the first time an autonomous vehicle will be used as a transport solution in Australia.
The Australian Government announced that it will invest $12 million in a two-year program looking into the future of positioning technology in Australia.
It’s not a secret that Google has ambitions to become a hardware company.
Carmakers will pick up your insurance bill for your self-driving car under proposed European laws that make the companies liable for any damage or injury cause.
A new solution for GNSS multipath employs a multi-element antenna with RF signal switching and a single front end to reduce complexity, power consumption and cost.
Following various trials on the use of driverless cars and buses, Singapore is now ready to put driverless trucks to the test. The trucks will be used to transport containers from one port terminal to another.
Though the schedule is still uncertain, progress is being made on completing the new GPS ground system, said Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, who credited a crack group of private-sector computer wizards with helping get the program back on course.
Today is the beginning of the end for Australia's holiday zen.
For the past three weeks, major Australian cities have had a temporary character transplant.
The new Trimble Catalyst is a little hard to describe in terms we’re used to regarding high-precision GNSS. Is it a receiver? Is it a service? Do we really need only an external antenna, a subscription, and a smartphone?
The fringe of Melbourne’s CBD will become a connected transport living lab from this year, in an ambitious project that will connect data from vehicles, bicycles, transport infrastructure and more, to prevent traffic jams and crashes, and cut travel times and carbon emissions.
Futuristic cars powered by voice controls that can read passenger emotions and drive themselves drew the biggest crowds on the first day of CES.
This year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas could have almost been a motor show. From the endless booths of automotive-related products to massive car company displays, the entire and extremely massive show had a very heavy auto skew.
The University of the Bundeswehr Muenchen and the Norwegian Space Centre are organising the International Summer School on Global Satellite Navigation Systems 2017.
Australia is on the move.
On Dec. 31, 2016, official clocks around the world added a leap second just before midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
The video, dated December 14, now has close to two million views on YouTube: The light turns red at a busy San Francisco intersection, a pedestrian steps into the crosswalk, and an SUV with a giant headlamp sails right through.
The U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) says it continues to work on GPS III ceramic capacitor testing and plans to have an updated launch schedule published late next month.
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is an amazing initiative that organizes events where inspiring people share their inspiring research, work and ideas. For the upcoming holidays we’ve rounded up 20 of the most inspirational and interesting TED talks about maps and geography out there.
Two new trials are set to test semi-driverless technologies on Melbourne’s busiest motorways, it has been reported.
AUSTRALIA will play a role in the delivery of the next generation of self-driving cars, Mercedes-Benz has confirmed.
The Cooperative Research Council for Spatial Information has been busy in recent months compiling a global outlook report that identifies and assesses the 18 trends that are most likely to shape the spatial and surveying sectors in the coming years.
The program has just been released for one of the biggest spatial and surveying events to reach Australian shores. Spanning four days from 3-6 April 2017, the Locate Conference and Digital Earth Symposium will be held at the newly re-opened Sydney International Convention Centre.
Waymo, Alphabet Inc.’s new self-driving car spinoff, added 100 Chrysler Pacifica minivans to its fleet.
Sure, Amazon made its first drone delivery last week, but 7-Eleven already has it beat.
One of the most eye-catching developments in the surveying profession is the integration of unmanned aerial systems (UASs) and Lidar. Airborne laser mapping is no longer restricted to traditional aircraft only, but is now also available for unmanned aerial vehicles.
A research team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has developed a tracking system that could be a game-changer for firefighter safety.
Ford Motor Co. is studying a system to use drones to help guide self-driving vehicles, including on off-road adventures, company officials said.
Surrey Satellite Technology’s Space GNSS Receiver Remote Sensing Instrument (SGR-ReSI) is the primary payload onboard NASA’s CYGNSS constellation, launched Dec. 15, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
Seventeen years and more than 10 billion euros later, Europe's Galileo satnav system is set to go live Thursday 15 December, promising to outperform US and Russian rivals while boosting regional self-reliance.
Alphabet Inc’s Google self-driving car project recast itself as Waymo on Tuesday, an independent entity within the technology giant, as executives suggested the company is close to bringing its autonomous driving to the public.
I write at an especially exciting moment for the Galileo satellite navigation system, as two flagship European programmes combine for the very first time.
BMW is looking to share a piece of the pie with companies like Uber and Lyft, as the company nears the testing phase of an autonomous fleet of vehicles.
In October 2017 we will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the first GLONASS satellite launch. Since 1982, the capabilities provided by GLONASS satellites have multiplied and the system’s ground infrastructure has expanded beyond the Russian Federation.
The second-place winner in this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition aims to improve surveying accuracy in urban canyons or under tree canopies.
The IGNSS Society runs the SE Asian region’s premier conference on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and related Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technologies.
An effective approach has been taken by the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), and significant progress has been witnessed in 2016, from the aspects of launching new satellites, verifying new technologies, promoting applications and industrialization, strengthening international... read more
I’m proud to be a part of the accomplishments of the men and women of the Space and Missile Systems Center’s Global Positioning System Directorate at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, California.
Fully ‘autonomous vehicles’ are predicted to be providing fully ‘hands-off’ door-to-door transport on the road within the decade.
Nissan Europe polled 6,000 people in UK, France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Norway to discover their attitudes to driverless motors.
U-blox is introducing a new module designed to speed time to market for system developers of GNSS applications who have limited experience in RF and antenna design.
Apple Inc. plans to use drones and new indoor navigation features to improve its Maps service and catch longtime leader Google, according to people familiar with the matter.
Looking back ten years ago, it was near impossible to envisage what the surveying and spatial sector would look like today.
The Fraunhofer Institute of Material Flow and Logistics (IML) has revealed the findings from its latest ZF future study, which looks at last-mile logistics.
Here is a strategy for start-ups dealing with regulators who might shut down your product: Make it free.
Should Uber be able to track you even when you’re not using its app? Uber seems to think so, but some customers are worried that the ride-sharing giant is yet again overstepping its bounds.
Spacecraft in low Earth orbit (LEO), at altitudes below 3,000 kilometers, remain within the main Global Positioning System (GPS) signals’ Earth coverage.
Government watchdogs said in a new report that schedule slippages in the new GPS ground system — which in October had another four months added to its repeatedly extended schedule — are more of a factor in delays to GPS modernization than technical problems with the satellite's payload.
“Now that we can rely on the powerful Ariane 5, we can anticipate the quicker completion of Galileo deployment, permitting the system to enter full operation,” said Paul Verhoef, ESA’s Director for the Galileo Programme and Navigation-related Activities, following the ... read more
New weather datasets, which could prove highly valuable for weather forecasting and for longer term climate monitoring, have just been made available from the Space GNSS Receiver-Remote Sensing Instrument (SGR-ReSI) instrument on board TechDemoSat-1, a small technology demonstration satellite... read more
As manufacturers convert machines and appliances into remotely controllable objects (the Internet of Things), the potential for spoofing expands, perhaps exponentially. Hackers could interfere with the data supplied to autonomous cars or tracks, remotely forcing them to crash.
The Sentinel-1 satellites have shown that the Millennium Tower skyscraper in the centre of San Francisco is sinking by a few centimetres a year. Studying the city is helping scientists to improve the monitoring of urban ground movements, particularly for subsidence hotspots in Europe.
Self-driving and smart vehicles will be tested on south-east Queensland roads in the largest trial of the emerging technologies in Australia.
The State Government has chosen Ipswich, west of Brisbane, as the test site where 500 motorists will be recruited for the project.
Hyundai Motor Company introduced the Autonomous Ioniq concept Nov. 16 at the Automobility LA conference.
A modified Ariane 5 rocket lifted four Galileo satellites into orbit November 17, following an 8:06 a.m. (EST) launch from the European Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will purchase data from small commercial satellites to expand its GNSS radio occultation (RO) efforts to better predict weather.
The continent of Australia has been found to tilt and gyrate in response to global weather changes. New research from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales, has shown that when summer hits the Southern Hemisphere, Australia literally tilts towards Europe.
NASA plans to launch the Cyclone GNSS (CYGNSS) hurricane mission aboard a Pegasus XL rocket on December 12 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission broke the Guinness World Record for highest altitude fix of a GPS signal, the agency announced this week. The MMS satellites, operating in a highly elliptical orbit, set the record at 43,500 miles above the Earth.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) is seeking a business model for its third incarnation.
Self-driving cars soon will hit the road in South Korea as the country seeks to overtake other nations that have sped ahead with automated driving technology.
Fully autonomous vehicles not expected until after 2020.
Australia’s federal, state and territory transport ministers have agreed to a suite of national policies that will guide Australian road rules through the journey to the widespread adoption of fully driverless cars.
Version 2.1 of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System Signal In Space Interface Control Document for the Open Service Signal has been released.
Directors and managers from space agencies around the world met in Brisbane last week for the annual Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS) plenary, culminating in the launch of the Australian Earth Observation Community Plan.
Airbus Defence and Space, the world's second largest space company, has finished construction of the first of the two GRACE-FO (GRACE = Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, FO = Follow-On) satellites in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
With the increasing use of new technologies that make driving much safer, leading reinsurance firm Swiss Re has stressed the crucial and long-term role of telematics in further digitising motor insurance.
The widespread addition of GPS receivers to cell phones was initially stimulated by E-911 requirements in North America and similar initiatives elsewhere.
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority in Canberra was the first such organisation anywhere in the world to introduce a legal regime in which one could operate unmanned autonomous aircraft (officially referred to as RPAS).
New information on the effects of the 30 October earthquake that struck central Italy continues to emerge as scientists analyse radar scans from satellites.
26 October was a momentous day for the European space sector with the adoption of the first truly comprehensive Space Strategy for Europe by the European Commission.
Satellite engineers have been puzzling over why GPS navigation systems on low-orbiting satellites like ESA's Swarm sometimes black out when they fly over the equator between Africa and South America. Thanks to Swarm, it appears 'thunderstorms' in the ionosphere are to blame.
A new study suggests that, by 2038, the majority of vehicles on Queensland roads will be autonomous.
The launch campaign for the Nov. 17 Galileo launch from the French Guiana spaceport has entered its latest phase of preparations, with the mission’s four satellite passengers being installed on their multi-payload dispenser system.
Experts working on standards for airborne equipment using GPS, Galileo, and a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) appear to have found a way to deal with an unusual problem — too many satellites.
deliberately unmarked so that other drivers will not be tempted to “take them on”, a senior car industry executive has revealed.
This year's European Satellite Navigation Competition, the world's leading innovation platform for forward-thinking applications in its field, centred on the topic of civilian drone use.
With 11,496 registered delegates, the 2016 ITS World Congress was attended by representatives from 73 countries. They heard from 663 speakers in 236 sessions. Delegates booked 659 technical tours at 17 traffic and transport centres.
South Korea and France’s Thales Group will jointly develop an advanced Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for GPS by 2021. The country’s state-run Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) will sign a $40 million deal with Thales Group on Oct.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the European Space Agency (ESA) and Qascom, an Italian company specializing in Galileo, are collaborating to build the first GPS and Galileo receiver to be tested on board the International Space Station (ISS) Space Communications and... read more
Fuelling operations have begun with the four Galileo spacecraft to be launched Nov. 17 from French Guiana. This will be launch contractor Arianespace’s first launch using its Ariane 5 rocket to deploy Europe’s constellation of navigation satellites.
Joggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking answers as to why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow.
At last week’s Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Melbourne, a new initiative was announced that has been described as a world-first in in vehicle routing and navigation.
Today (14 October), Rwandan President Paul Kagame launched what is considered world’s first national drone delivery service during a ceremony in the country’s centrally located Muhanga District.
The White House says in a release covering its announcements that the rise of so-called “smallsat” adoption has led to a boom in entrepreneurship around the design, construction and launch of these lightweight, inexpensive satellites.
A government-backed initiative of industry and commercial partners is bringing truck platooning to Western Australia in the form of a feasibility study.
Since overtaking its older rivals seven years ago, Google has dominated online mapping in the U.S. But as self-driving cars steer closer to reality, competitors may close in.
Swift Navigation has announced its newest product, Piksi Multi, a multi-band, multi-constellation high-precision GNSS receiver for the mass market.
The San Andreas fault in California is certainly the most well-known fault line in the U.S.
As of 29 September 2016, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) put into the force a deregulation that will allow more people to operate sub-2kg remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS or drones) without the previously mandatory training.
Feel free to check your email while driving this car. Or maybe you'd prefer to make a video call, or just relax and take in the scenery.
That's the future with the first Australian self-driving car, which has been developed in Victoria.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has released a report it says will help users understand receiver technology and trends.
New Zealand first space launch site was officially opened Tuesday, with Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce saying it would help generate the national space program.
Emerging high-volume markets call for RTK technologies previously limited to niche markets by complexity and cost. This article discusses design and implementation of a very precise RTK-based module solution while maintaining cost, size and power consumption as low as possible.
Low-cost, precision GNSS receivers will become a reality in the driverless car, drone and even smartphone markets by 2021, finds ABI Research.
The U.S. Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin $395 million in contract options for the production of the ninth and tenth GPS III satellite.
Geoscience Australia and the NSW Department of Industry’s Division of Resources and Energy are currently using the latest satellite technology to measure potential ground movement in the Macarthur region, south of Sydney.
Harris Corporation delivered the first of 34 modernised receivers to support the GPS Next-Generation Operational Control System (OCX).
With Galileo Initial Services at last on the horizon and a quadruple satellite launch scheduled for November, here’s hoping that Europe’s GNSS constellation will be delivering a limited but reliable global PNT services before the year is out.
Self-driving cars are coming.
But chances are, you’re more likely to see a driverless truck in practice before a self-driving car. There’s two reasons for this, the first being the tech itself.
China’s Beidou navigation system is now accurate within centimetres and on par with the US Global Positioning System (GPS), said a scientist who has been developing the technology.
The New South Wales (NSW0 Taxi Council and the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) have partnered to research and develop plans and regulations for driverless vehicles in Australia.
The New Zealand government on Friday authorised the country's first-ever space launches, which are due to begin before the end of this year.
Few markets can demonstrate a double-digit growth, but unmanned systems have achieved just that over the last decade, and in the Asia Pacific region are expected to do so again for the next ten years.
You’re driving along, whistling a merry tune while guided by a GPS-powered contraption plastered to your windscreen, when all of a sudden darkness descends as you enter a tunnel and you kiss goodbye to your satellite navigation smarts.
Navigation, visual scanning and artificial intelligence know-how originally developed for Israel’s military are now set to be the brains of almost everyone’s next vehicle.
The first Paris Drone Festival took over the Champs-Elysйes Sept. 4.
Tokyo's getting ready to host the 2020 Summer Olympics, and it's promised to make its Olympics one of the most technologically impressive yet. There's even talk of self-driving cars, but before those can hit the road, they're going to need some maps. Enter Dynamic Map Planning.
Driverless Uber cars are ready to start navigating the streets of Pittsburgh for some customers of the ride-booking service.
Uber has hired a former Tesla mapping engineer who pioneered some of the company's best known technologies, adding to the ride-sharing firm's aggressive mapping efforts and growing team of marquee name talent.
The four spacecraft to be orbited on Arianespace's first launch of Galileo navigation satellites by Ariane 5 have begun their processing at the Spaceport in preparation for a November liftoff from French Guiana.
Startup Civil Maps on 8 September announced an augmented-reality component to its 3D mapping technology, overlaying street signs and other traffic infrastructure with identifying tags generated by its deep learning technology.
At Sydney Airport, the captain entered a starting longitude of 15° 19.8’E, although the aircraft gate coordinate was 151° 9.8’ E.
Last year Audi, Daimler and BMW bought Nokia's Here maps service for $3.1 billion, shocking both the automotive and tech worlds in the process.
Narelle Underwood has been appointed as Surveyor General of New South Wales, a major role within the state government responsible for leadership in surveying, mapping and geographic information.
According to a report by The Commonwealth Bank’s technology innovation executive manager, Dilan Rajasingham driverless cars “impact on our society and economy is likely to be far-reaching, radically transforming the way the global community uses and manages energy resources, cares for the health... read more
The Royal Auto Club (RAC) Intellibus has taken its first drive on Australian roads, commencing its trial in South Perth this week.
With so many companies developing driverless cars, it can be easy to forget about Baidu. But the Chinese internet giant, often referred to as the “Google of China”, is making big moves to get its autonomous vehicles on the road.
On 24 August, an earthquake struck central Italy, claiming at least 290 lives and causing widespread damage. Satellite images are being used to help emergency aid organisations, while scientists have begun to analyse ground movement.
Aerial surveys by Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) have been generating a lot of attention in surveying and mapping circles due to a potential revolution in productivity.
How many millimetres has the sea level risen? How fast are the continents moving? How big is the impact of high and low pressure areas on the altitude of landmasses?
A dense reference network facilitates low-cost carrier-phase differential GNSS positioning with rapid integer-ambiguity resolution. This could enable precise lane-keeping for automated vehicles in all weather conditions.
After successfully miniaturising both clocks and magnetometers based on the properties of individual atoms, NIST physicists have now turned to precision gyroscopes, which measure rotation.
It's not un-fare for the city to track taxi drivers' whereabouts with their cabs' GPS systems, a US federal appeals court ruled 26 August.
Uber is rolling out self-driving cars in Pittsburgh, which is cool — but it means that the way we think about maps and addresses is about to get really complicated.
Most GNSS users have receivers capable of using GPS (31 satellites) and Glonass (about 24 satellites). That generally equates to between 13 and 20 satellites in view with a clear sky and average terrain.
The Olympics are great for technology. Yes, the competition held every four years highlights amazing athletes. But its vast support network relies on numerous technologies, including GNSS.
The U.S. Secretary of Defense has said “I hate GPS” and “I want to unplug the military from GPS.” Senior officials at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have called GPS “a single point of failure for critical infrastructure.”
Australia is indeed on the move, with the Pacific tectonic plate moving in a northeasterly direction by about 7cm each year. However, this change is nothing new unlike the mainstream media shave been suggesting as of late.
The first Australian satellites to be deployed into space in 14 years have been constructed and are en route to the International Space Station (ISS). The three cubesats are being transported to the Netherlands where they will be launched to the International Space Station in December.
Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites, which were salvaged from their faulty launch into working orbits, are set to begin broadcasting working navigation signals for test purposes.
Augmented reality (AR) software can detect and highlight potential obstacles, from inattentive pedestrians to animals near the roadside at night.
AUSTRALIA is set to fall into line with European connected vehicle standards by allocating the 5.9GHz radio band for Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) from 2017.
The Indian government may soon announce incentives to airline operators for installing the locally developed Aided Geo Augmented Navigation system (GAGAN).
Australian and U.S. officials have penned a new agreement aimed at strengthening collaboration towards developing intelligent transport systems.
An indoor positioning system that uses LED lighting to pinpoint location is being developed for use in the retail industry.
Having announced partnerships with two companies to begin trials of an autonomous mobility-on-demand transportation service on the city-state’s roads, Singapore’s Land Transport Authority (LTA) has now launched a new autonomous vehicle (AV) R&D centre.
Criminals, rogue employees and even otherwise law-abiding citizens are using illegal "jamming" devices to overpower GPS, cellphone and other electronic signals over localised areas.
Cohda Wireless, the Australian-based company developing sensors and systems to support connected cars, has undertaken a project with British automotive brand Jaguar Land Rover.
One hundred new drone industry jobs will be created in Queensland, according to an announcement detailing new funding by the Queensland Government.
Following successful trials at the White Sands Missile Range development facility, the United States Air Force (USAF) today announced Locata technology has been officially declared “operational”.
Uber is preparing to pour $500m into an ambitious global mapping project as it seeks to wean itself off dependence on Google Maps and pave the way for driverless cars.
Australia is to shift its longitude and latitude to address a gap between local co-ordinates and those from global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Local co-ordinates, used to produce maps and measurements, and global ones differ by more than 1m.
GPS is vulnerable to spoofing attacks.
The continent of Australia is on the move and experts at Geoscience Australia are trying to keep up.
A government agency is poised to release a surprise test plan for GPS receivers that appears to incorporate a highly controversial yardstick for determining when a service in adjacent frequencies interferes with GPS signals.
An international team including researchers from Japanese universities has succeeded in measuring precise wind speeds at sea and in coastal areas by using seabirds equipped with GPS devices.
Since Pokemon Go blew up the world a couple of weeks ago we’ve been trying to catch ’em all. Not the Pokemon; we’ve been trying to collect all the hardware hacks, and in particular the most complete GPS spoofing hack.
The U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Transportation and Army Corps of Engineers have reduced the number of Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) sites that will be decommissioned.
The University of Nottingham and Royal Norwegian Naval Academy (RNoNA) are investigating how to prevent shipping Global Positioning Signals (GPS) being jammed in potential cyberattacks that may cause vessels to go off course and collide or run aground.
After weeks of testing, the city of Strasbourg in eastern France is now ready to roll-out a smartphone-based transport information system that could make travel much easier for visually-impaired people.
The output value of China's satellite navigation and location-based service industry grew 29.2 percent year on year in 2015, with the country's self-developed BeiDou Navigation Satellite System making a big contribution, according to a white paper.
The US Air Force is being forced to restructure or cancel the troubled ground control segment of its GPS III program, putting the next generation timing and navigation system at risk.
There's been much focus on autonomous cars, and how the introduction of self-driving vehicles to cities across the globe could help ease traffic congestion while making travelling by road much safer.
When we’re using a mobile location-based application such as getting driving directions from Google Maps, it’s not surprising to see advertisements from local businesses showing up in our browsers. Customized advertising, after all, is Google’s bread and butter.
People will still die when autonomous cars are the norm. So concedes Jochen Haab, head of active safety, validation and testing at Mercedes-Benz R&D.
Now don’t get me wrong. I’m all for car manufacturers spending untold billions on R&D to make our motoring lives a little easier and a whole lot safer.
A new phenomenon is happening in the streets of the world’s cities and on the screens of mobile devices. Since the weekend you may have noticed more people than ever stopping in the streets with their phone enraptured in whatever is happening on the screen.
On December 31, 2016, a "leap second" will be added to the world's clocks at 23 hours, 59 minutes 59 seconds Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).
Raw GNSS measurements from Android phones. Yep, they are coming. At Google we have been working with our GNSS partners to give application developers access to raw GNSS measurements from a phone.
A major step toward driverless trucks was taken in England recently with the release of the Starship autonomous delivery vehicle. Starship says that its robots are both energy- and cost-efficient and can be used for a large variety of tasks.
A woman in Chicago ran a red light, killing one person and sending six others to the emergency room.
A new Russian Federation postage stamp features the GLONASS-K satellite and graphic icons representing the main application areas of the satellite navigation system’s services. The stamp and first-day cover were officially issued on July 5.
Tesla and Google may be pushing the boundaries with the advent of driverless cars but one location cloud company is playing a vital role in making that future a reality.
The United States Coast Guard, Department of Transportation and Army Corps of Engineers have issued a notice that reduces the number of Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System (NDGPS) sites that will be decommissioned.
Australia Post is currently trialling new technology to deliver small parcels by Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS, also known as drones or UAV).
The world's most comprehensive network of braille and tactile signs to help visually impaired pedestrians has been rolled out across Sydney.
More that 2,100 braille and raised-letter signs have been installed at pedestrian crossings in the City of Sydney area.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving forward to establish a backup for the position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information provided by GPS.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is moving forward to establish a backup for the position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information provided by GPS.
Good grief, it has been a wild week or two. I was hoping that I wouldn’t need to talk about the incredible, excruciating UK referendum on European Union membership, but as the result has gone to the “leave” campaign, I feel obliged to pick over the wreckage.
North Korea has sent more than 2,100 GPS jamming signals to the South since 2010, a South Korean parliamentarian said Wednesday 29 June.
u-blox’s has revealed its latest receiver, the miniature Untethered Dead Reckoning (UDR) EVA-M8E. Measuring 7 millimetres by 7 millimetres, the EVA-M8E is designed to provide positioning for small-sized vehicle trackers.
u-blox’s has revealed its latest receiver, the miniature Untethered Dead Reckoning (UDR) EVA-M8E. Measuring 7 millimetres by 7 millimetres, the EVA-M8E is designed to provide positioning for small-sized vehicle trackers.
The Government says GPS tracking may be used to charge drivers for using Auckland's roads - a move which experts say is the most advanced in the world but also raises concerns about "Big Brother" behaviour.
Australia can take a leading role in truck ‘platooning’, according to visiting international driverless vehicles expert Bastiaan Krosse.
The Government is putting in place a new regulatory regime to enable safe, secure and responsible space launches from New Zealand, Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce says.
Advanced military receivers using the sort of modern multi-channel, multi-constellation capabilities already available commercially, could enable the Air Force to focus its anti-jam efforts on the ground, simplifying future GPS satellites and lowering their cost.
A new satellite-based positioning and timing system now available from partners Iridium and Satelles incorporates layered security elements into a service that offers 20- to 50-metre unaided position accuracy worldwide and could serve as a GNSS backup, according to the companies.
China launched another BeiDou satellite on Sunday (June 12, 2016) to support its GNSS constellation.
Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop last week addressed a discussion about the future of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) in Australia, claiming that “the age of the drone has well and truly arrived.”
Researchers from around Australia have begun testing satellites at the Mount Stromlo space testing facilities at The Australian National University (ANU) ahead of a mass satellite launch from the International Space Station later this year.
The NRMA is calling on governments to begin autonomous vehicle trails
It has even nominated suitable locations for self-driving cars to be tested, including Canberra, Sydney Olympic Park and Newcastle.
As ranking European Union (EU) official, Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elzbieta Bienkowska set the tone in a keynote speech that anticipated some major issues to be addressed in the upcoming “EU Space Strategy,” the EUropean Commission’s next big new... read more
Google has announced that raw GNSS measurements will be available to apps in the Android N operating system, which will be released later this year. This means pseudoranges, Dopplers and carrier phase will be obtainable from a phone or tablet computer.
For a low-lying, densely populated country like the Netherlands, monitoring subsidence is critical. Until recently, tiny displacements in the ground beneath our feet couldn't be mapped nationally but, thanks to the Sentinel-1 mission, this is now possible.
The GLONASS-M navigation satellite, launched from Russia's Plesetsk space center atop a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket, was brought to its target orbit by the Fregat upper stage, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday 29 May.
The Marconi Society has awarded its 2016 Marconi Prize to Bradford Parkinson. The $100,000 prize, given annually, recognises major advances in the field of information and communication science which benefit humanity.
Senate lawmakers made clear their ire with the GPS program, recommending funding cuts for nearly every element and slashing development monies for the troubled new ground control system before taking off for the Memorial Day holiday.
A new dimension in real-world PNT testing has arrived. One of the most critical things to predict for chips, receivers and devices using alternative or back-up PNT technologies is how they will actually perform without GPS.
New South Wales’ government-owned land agency will be partially privatised, following an announcement on 20 May 2016.
The Galileo satellite navigation system that will help Europe find its way in the 21st century now has 14 satellites in orbit after the 24 May double launch.
Galileos 13 and 14 lifted off together at 08:48 GMT (10:48 CEST, 05:48 local time) atop a Soyuz rocket from French Guiana.
The U.S. Air Force 746th Test Squadron has declared Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for its new truth reference, the Ultra High-Accuracy Reference System (UHARS), which employs LocataLite transceivers.
U.S. firm Iridium Communications Inc on Monday said its Satellite Time and Location (STL) system was ready for use as an alterative or companion to the U.S. Air Force's Global Positioning System (GPS) satellites.
China plans to launch 30 Beidou navigation satellites during the 13th five-year plan period (2016-2020), capping its three-step strategy to build a global navigation system by 2020.
In the future, when mission needs change for the Global Positioning System (GPS), the U.S. Air Force will be able to respond - thanks to some engineering forethought and the innovative design of Lockheed Martin's GPS III satellite.
Project Tango unleashes a new way for you to explore the world. With a few sensors and some computer vision software, your phone gets even smarter, and can start to see the world the way you do.
The UK Government has pledged to be at the forefront of technology for transport as part of the 2016 Queen's Speech. Autonomous and electric cars will be the focus of new legislation that seeks to get ordinary people buying and using driverless cars by 2020.
The Senate Armed Services Committee zeroed out the Pentagon's $393 funding request for the new GPS ground control system during its May 11 markup, asserting that the program's cost overruns — with a total cost that may reach $5.3 billion, up from an original $1.5 billion — had breached the Nunn-... read more
I love maps. As a child, I was my family’s designated navigator on car trips (or my parents indulged me!).
Google and Amazon are both planning to launch drone-based delivery services next year.
Russia's Glonass navigation system will receive eight more satellites by the end of 2017, the head of Russia's Roscosmos's Department of Navigational Space Systems said.
On April 25, the Air Force’s GPS registered its most accurate signal yet, according to the Aerospace Corporation, which has been monitoring the data since 2002.
The most significant changes in the geospatial industry in the next decade will come not through a single technology, but rather from linking multiple technologies together.
For more than 41 years, many of us who were there in the beginning have been discussing the attributes, capabilities, enabling features and shortcomings of GPS and other space-based PNT (position, navigation and timing) systems.
Australia’s leading researchers of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) technology, also known as UAV or drones, have been recognised by Australia’s CSIRO with exclusive backing to oversee the development of collision avoidance technology over the next three months.
With just under six months until the proposed launch of GDA2020, Australia’s datum modernisation continues to be a fierce matter of debate and cause for concern.
General Motors Co. and Lyft Inc. will begin testing a fleet of self-driving Chevrolet Bolt electric taxis on public roads within a year, a move central to the companies’ joint efforts to challenge Silicon Valley giants in the battle to reshape the auto industry.
One early morning in March 2011, Albert Chretien and his wife, Rita, loaded their Chevrolet Astro van and drove away from their home in Penticton, British Columbia. Their destination was Las Vegas, where Albert planned to attend a trade show.
What does the Global Positioning System (GPS) and the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) have in common?
India has completed the mission for developing its own navigation system, along the lines of the US’s Global Position System. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the IRNSS-1G, the last in a series of seven navigation satellites that make up the constellation.
Driverless cars are coming to the streets of London, with Volvo announcing plans to put autonomous vehicles in the hands of real people on the UK capital's roads.
Recently a post was written with tips about how to reduce your GPS dependency. But the first step in recovery from every addiction is acknowledging that there is a problem.
Already home to the world's biggest skyscraper, Dubai has another tall order to fill: By 2030, its leader wants 25 percent of all trips on its roads to be done by driverless vehicles.
Indoor point clouds are useful for many applications, such as for pathfinding through empty, collision-free space. Fast-performing methods are required to identify this empty space because the indoor environment changes frequently and often does not follow the architectural design.
European Union (EU) transport ministers have agreed to take action to make autonomous driving a reality across the 28-nation bloc.
The European Union (EU) has reached a deal with the British Ministry of Defense resolving a patent issue that could have limited the adoption of signals from the EU's Galileo satellite navigation constellation.
NASA scientists, using GPS data collected from the space agency’s Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellite, have concluded that shifts in geographic polar motion stem from changes in terrestrial water storage (TWS) and the global cryosphere (the frozen water part of the Earth... read more
Chancellor Angela Merkel told carmakers on Tuesday 12 April that they should soon be able to test self-driving vehicles on German roads by promising to remove legal barriers.
GPS falls from the sky and costs nothing to use, but it may not reach a car roving the canyons of Manhattan or a forklift moving boxes in a warehouse. For uninterrupted autonomous driving, you need some backup.
Going into space is now within your grasp. A tiny spacecraft being developed at Arizona State University is breaking the barrier of launch cost, making the price of conducting a space mission radically cheaper.
Six convoys of semi-automated “smart” trucks arrived in Rotterdam’s harbour on Wednesday (6 April) after an experiment its organisers say will revolutionise future road transport on Europe’s busy highways.
Last week Australia’s federal governing body for flight safety, CASA, released new regulatory requirements for unmanned aircraft, or as CASA officially calls them, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).
The testing of the ground control system of the Glonass satellite navigation system has been completed, Nikolay Testoyedov, the Head of the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Company told Izvestia newspaper.
The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) — the largest international competition for the commercial use of satellite navigation — is once again looking for outstanding ideas and business models.
China launched a satellite to support its global navigation and positioning network at 4:11 a.m. Wednesday 30 March.
The satellite, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in the southwestern province of Sichuan, was taken into orbit by a Long March-3A carrier rocket.
Global Positioning System (GPS) satellite technology comes in handy for tracking cruise missiles, doing in-car navigation, and finding secluded restaurants. But step inside an airport, museum, or mall, and you’re often relegated to studying a paper map or asking for directions.
South Korea issued a warning on Thursday 31 March after detecting satellite signal disruptions that appeared to be coming from North Korea, according to the Korea Herald. The capital city of Seoul appeared to be the target.
Russia may launch two or three Glonass navigation satellites this year, a senior space industry official said. The official noted that the launches of the satellites would depend on the state of the Glonass system.
U.S. GPS time is traceable and legally defined to national time and UTC through the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In Europe most Member States, but not all, have legal time defined in legislation.
Australian tracking technology from Cohda Wireless has been selected for a trial that aims to lay the groundwork for connected vehicles across the United States.
Location technologies are playing a prominent role in the development of Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled products and services, particularly for connected vehicles, at Mobile World Congress here, held Feb. 28-March 2.
The American Association for Geodetic Surveying (AAGS) has undertaken an effort to explore creating a geodetic certification program.
Google-owned satellite imaging company Skybox Imaging has changed its name to Terra Bella. The company, founded in 2009 to develop small, high-resolution imaging satellites, was acquired by Google in 2014 for USD500 million.
Another interesting ION GNSS 2015 paper from Adam Schultz, Russell Gilabert, and Maarten Uijt de Haag of The Ohio University details the way a couple of students and their professor set out to fly a drone down corridors and within the halls of the Engineering Department.
Representatives of the world’s GNSS providers outlined the current plans and progress of their systems at the 2016 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit in Germany.
NASA has demonstrated the success of advanced technology for making precise measurements of Earth's orientation and rotation - information that helps provide a foundation for navigation of all space missions and for geophysical studies of our planet.
We now refer to the big budget missions as ‘big space’ but now witness over past few years the rapid emergence of ‘small space’ as this industry develops its long tail.
Our real-time kinematic (RTK) implementation, the Public Precise Positioning (P3-Service) project, has achieved horizontal positioning accuracy of 0.5 metres using relatively inexpensive equipment: a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) low-cost GNSS receiver.
The Indian Space Research Organzation on Thursday launched its sixth navigation satellite IRNSS-1F on board trusted workhorse - Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - PSLV C32.
Air Force ground controllers have activated service aboard the newest Global Positioning System satellite, achieving that milestone for the final spacecraft in a dozen built in a manufacturing batch to update the constellation.
It’s not just that Terra Bella Avenue would be an unremarkable street in Silicon Valley. It would be an unremarkable street anywhere in suburban America.
CARRIER PHASE. We’ve all heard the term and recognise it as a more precise observable for GNSS positioning, navigation and timing than code phase, more commonly called the pseudorange.
Unless one has lived under a rock for the past few years, it is hard to miss the influx of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), otherwise known as drones.
As promised by the Australian Government has taken an important step in promoting innovation by today releasing one of the most requested and high-value digital datasets to the economy, PSMA Australia Limited’s Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF) and the associated Administrative Boundaries... read more
Powervision Robot Inc., a robotics and industrial drone maker, has launched drone shaped like an egg that can be folded up and stored in a backpack.
The surface of Earth is constantly being reshaped by earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, landslides, floods, changes in sea level and ice sheets, and other processes.
The Singapore Land Transport Authority awarded the tender to a consortium of NCS and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which beat two other consortia to the bid. Development for the new system will begin in the second quarter of this year.
Intelligent Transport Systems New Zealand (ITSNZ) has announced its support of testing driverless cars in the country, following the publication of Ministry of Transport guidelines for testing of autonomous vehicles on New Zealand roads.
The GPS signal used for 'sat-navs' could help improve understanding of ocean currents, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters by National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists, alongside colleagues from the University of Michigan and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
The GPS signal used for 'sat-navs' could help improve understanding of ocean currents, according to new research published in Geophysical Research Letters by National Oceanography Centre (NOC) scientists, alongside colleagues from the University of Michigan and Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
Drawing more than 200 professionals from intelligent transport systems (ITS) and related disciplines, ITS Australia hosted the first in a series of ITS showcase events, 18 February in Melbourne.
We can learn a remarkable amount of information about an individual, such as their health or safety, and about the surrounding environment simply by placing a tracking device on them.
Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has implemented a GNSS equipment mandate for all aircraft flying in the country, regardless of state of registry.
Existing GPS instruments at monitoring stations worldwide could be used to increase the speed and accuracy of tsunami warnings, according to new study accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, a journal of the American Geophysical Union.
The GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) system was developed by the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), together with Airports Authority of India (AAI), to deploy and certify an operational satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS).
An Australian company that manufacturers GNSS echo sounders aided the aiders — leading a medical ship through uncharted waters in Papua New Guinea.
indoo.rs have launched SLAM Engine 4.0, which optimises the process of indoor mapping by mobile phone or tablet. With the latest release, indoo.rs introduces an intelligent feature called the ‘pre-drawn path’, to further enhance the user experience.
Laser scanning systems have gone through a major evolution in the past decade. After the initial breakthrough of airborne laser scanners (ALS), other types of laser scanning systems have emerged, most notably terrestrial laser scanners (TLS) and mobile laser scanners (MLS).
u-blox has launched a receiver module that brings real-time kinematic accuracy to the mass market. The NEO-M8P GNSS receiver module delivers high performance down to centimetre-level accuracy.
Now in its 24th year, the annual GPS World Receiver Survey provides the longest running, most comprehensive database of GPS and GNSS equipment available in one place.
The International GNSS Service (IGS) Workshop was held for the first time outside North America and Europe in Sydney, at UNSW, 8-12 February.
Researchers have found a better way to crunch the data that GPS-enabled devices use to determine their location. The result could provide a level of accuracy down to the centimetre that's needed in things like autonomous vehicles and other precision tech.
A driverless car needs a map accurate to 20cm. Maps currently used in GPS systems don't go below a metre.
Building plans have been revealed for a new AU$750,000 facility in Tasmania that is set to excel Australia’s underwater survey research and operations.
The International GNSS Service (IGS) Workshop is for the first time to be held outside North America and Europe.
Esri has this week launched ArcGIS Earth, a free desktop-based interactive globe that anyone can use to explore the world and work with a variety of 3D and 2D map data formats such as KML and KMZ, shapefiles, imagery and web services.
A Soyuz rocket blasted off from Russia’s northern cosmodrome Sunday, adding another satellite to the nation’s GLONASS navigation fleet to replace an aging spacecraft.
China plans to launch nearly 40 Beidou navigation satellites in the next five years to support its global navigation and positioning network, a spokesperson said.
The U.S. Air Force kicked off a two-launch, six-day stretch by lifting the last in the 2F series of GPS satellites Feb. 5 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida.
An erroneous software upload to satellites during the removal of SVN23 from service caused a 13-microsecond error in the coordinated universal time (UTC) transmitted by 15 GPS satellites.
Japanese Prime Minister, H.E. Mr Shinzo Abe, and Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, met in Tokyo in December for the annual Japan-Australia summit.
Greg Scott, Inter-Regional Advisor of UN-GGIM, has been chosen as Geospatial Ambassador of the Year for 2015. The award shall be presented during Geospatial World Forum on May 25, 2016, at World Trade Centre, Rotterdam.
China has launched its 21st BeiDou satellite into orbit, according to Xinhua News Agency, the official press agency of the People’s Republic of China.
The launch took place at 3:29 p.m. Beijing Time (07:29 UTC) on Monday, Feb. 1.
Less than a month after Europe switched off most of its Loran transmitters, a problem with GPS satellite timing signal triggered alarms across the continent and caused an unknown number of outages, including the disruption of some features of critical infrastructure.
Small GPS jammers, particularly the “personal privacy devices” readily available on the Internet, pose one of the greatest risks to the nation’s critical infrastructure, according to a now-public Homeland Security assessment.
A new European Commission-led expert group on autonomous vehicles is meeting 26 January for the first time, marking the executive's latest push to develop driverless cars in the EU.
Uber started tracking its drivers in China through GPS coordinates around six months ago.
PPP has been around for more than a decade and ongoing research has gradually improved its capabilities. Until recently, it has been used primarily with dual-frequency GPS observables. However, the technique is not restricted to GPS.
Wang Jing bought his first car, a Dodge Shadow, with $3,000 he scratched together working three part-time jobs in the U.S. as a postgraduate student in Florida. These days, the senior vice president in charge of Baidu Inc.’s autonomous driving efforts is far better paid.
Mapping company HERE, co-owned by German automotive companies Audi, BMW, and Daimler, uses a fleet of more than 200 cars to collect dense point cloud data about roads around the world. The data from these mobile mapping vehicles is processed to secure privacy and produce detailed routing maps.... read more
For research purposes, the GNSS Receivers with Open Software Interface (GOOSE) hardware platform provides a development chain from experimental PCIe slot card to a professional embedded GNSS receiver.
ISRO's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C31 has launched the 1425 kg IRNSS-1E, the fifth satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota.
The U.S. Coast Guard has issued Marine Safety Alert 01-16 to warn mariners of the potential detrimental impact to navigation caused by GPS interference or jamming. The warning emphasizes the importance of understanding how vessel equipment could be impacted by the loss of a GPS signal.
The latest off-the-shelf Landsat-8 mosaic, L8M Australia, has just been released by Geoshepherds. Along with providing current imagery from 2013 to 2015, L8M Australia boasts some new features not seen before in a large-scale mosaic product, allowing for wider applicability.
It will be a busy few weeks for GNSS satellite launches in January and February.
Bosch Sensortec is unveiling new generations of intelligent accelerometers and high-performance gyroscopes at the 2016 International CES in Las Vegas.
With the proliferation of smartphones and other devices, the use of GPS — the global positioning system — has become ubiquitous. From pinpointing one’s location to getting directions online, satellite-based navigation is driving the interactive use of online maps.
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich asked marketing director of perceptual computing Anil Nanduri what he would do with 100 flying drones.
Broadcom Corporation has added a new GNSS wireless connectivity chip to its automotive portfolio, which it unveiled at CES 2016, held last week in Las Vegas.
u-blox has released the u‑blox 8 GPS/GLONASS receiver platform.
A South Korean university is testing a sedan that can pick up and transport passengers without a human driver, giving a glimpse into the future of autonomous public transport.
A race is on among automakers to develop advanced systems that can map and constantly update a vehicle's precise location, a basic capability that self-driving vehicles require to orient themselves on roads.
CartoConsult recently signed a joint venture agreement with Proteus to develop and promote the use of the latest laser scanning technology.
High-tech startup NavVis, specialised in the digitalisation of indoor spaces, has announced that it has successfully closed its latest funding round of EUR7.5 million.
If you hate having your face stuck in your phone looking at directions, or you just fancy a new look, students at Cornell University may have just made your day.
One of the greatest episodes in the history of clockmaking unfolded over three decades during the 18th century in response to a government challenge to overcome a daunting and often deadly problem: Find a way to reliably determine a ship's east-west position, or longitude, on the high seas.
Approval of a European Union (EU) petition to officially allow Galileo signals to be used in the United States may become an issue during upcoming negotiations over an American request for access to Galileo's Public Regulated Service (PRS) signal, an EU advisor suggested.
In a first, an Australian university has bagged a contract to build an advanced new equipment to be deployed at the International Space Station (ISS).
The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit is a conference with global impact dealing with satellite navigation now and in the future.
The Association of Public Authority Surveyors NSW (APAS) prides itself on organising an annual conference which is highly informative, focussed on practical outcomes relevant to the surveying and spatial information community and provides ample opportunity for interaction with colleagues and... read more
Just what every satnav engineer wanted for the holidays: a new Interface Control Document to unwrap under the tree. On Nov. 30, the European Commission (EC) published version 1.2 of the Galileo Open Service Signal In Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD v1.2).
A new report setting out the five to ten year vision of the rapidly growing geospatial information industry has been published by the United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM).
Peace on Earth: That’s the message spelled out across the globe by GPS artist Yassan in time for the holiday season.
The GNSS market is slowly shifting in new directions, according to ABI Research. While the smartphone market continues to grow, new opportunities are also emerging in automotive, insurance, wearables, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Septentrio has launched its next-generation GNSS receiver for precise scientific and geodetic applications — the PolaRx5.
Europe’s GNSS program placed two more satellites into orbit on December 17, doubling the number of Galileo spacecraft in space in the course of nine months from 6 to 12.
The MMT Symposium is the primary event jointly sponsored by the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS), International Association of Geodesy (IAG) and the International Federation of Surveyors (FIG). The MMT-2015 will be an open forum to discuss the most recent... read more
Flashing some interplanetary gold bling and sipping "space water" might sound far-fetched, but both could soon be reality, thanks to a new US law that legalizes cosmic mining.
what3words is a global location system using tessellated grid squares of the entire Earth.
The UK’s University of Nottingham has teamed up with the huge construction conglomerate China Railway Group to develop and commercialise advanced satellite techniques to monitor the structural integrity of bridges.
The former mapping division of Nokia, Here, announced today plans to expand its global mapping efforts, including specific improvements to next-generation maps readable by self-driving cars.
Having completed their rigorous checks in space, two more of Europe's Galileo satellites are now fully operational, broadcasting navigation signals and, from today, relaying search and rescue messages from across the globe.
In an specially convened meeting over the weekend, the European Space Agency (ESA) Council has named Paul Verhoef, a 25-year veteran of the European Commission (EC) to serve as director of Galileo Program and Navigation-Related Activities (D/NAV).
For an organisation with its name, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is a remarkably opaque public entity.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is reorganising the vast directorate responsible for cybersecurity and the nation's critical infrastructure. Thus far, however, protecting the GPS signals essential to most of that infrastructure hasn't rated a public mention in the plans.
GPS World relaunched this week with a redesigned print magazine and website, GPSWorld.com. Both feature a new logo, new design and widened coverage.
A new study from Juniper Research has found that reduced component cost, increased competition and a greater number of use cases will together push the number of consumer drones shipped globally to more than 20 million per annum, up from less than 4 million this year.
Australian connected car technology leader Cohda Wireless has announced a new 360-degree sensor for driverless cars that complements and enhances traditional sensors, allowing driverless cars to ‘see’ the world.
The supertall skyscraper Lotte World Tower — so far built to the 103rd of 123 total floors in Seoul, South Korea — is using GNSS to measure the impact of lateral forces on its vertical alignment.
Europe’s fifth and sixth Galileo satellites — subject to complex salvage maneuvers following their launch in 2014 into incorrect orbits — will help to perform an ambitious year-long test of Einstein’s most famous theory.
Transport bosses have unveiled the first official map showing the walking times between central London's Tube stations.
Can’t find your seat at WisePies Arena aka The Pit? Lost inside the Denver International Airport? Apple is developing a solution to all your indoor mapping needs.
It's easy to get navigation on your bike through dedicated GPS or a smartphone cradle, but that doesn't mean that navigation is easy.
A UAV project, POSEIDRON, took top honors in the 2015 European Satellite Navigation Competition, which recognises the year’s best innovations in commercial applications of satellite technology.
In Australia, Volvo is developing technology to avoid an adorable road hazard: kangaroos. Around 20,000 of them are involved in car accidents each year, Volvo said, citing statistics from Australia's National Roads & Motorists' Association.
A handheld GPS device uses touch to help you determine where to walk.
Russia will open four new Glonass ground relay stations abroad in addition to the existing five, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin said.
In an Australian first, this month has seen new laws allowing for the on-road trials of driverless cars have in the South Australian.
A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the GPS IIF-11 satellite for the U.S. Air Force lifted off from Space Launch Complex-41 Oct. 31 at 12:13 p.m. EDT.
Getting into the back of a black taxi is the quintessential London experience. Name any spot in Britain's capital and the driver knows exactly where to go and how to get there as fast as possible.
The 2015 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition GSA Special Prize was awarded to Rafael Olmedo for the KYNEO project. The project develops inexpensive, flexible Galileo and EGNOS enabled modules that allow ubiquitous positioning data for applications in the Internet of Things... read more
The newly launched BeiDou Phase 3 satellites have several new signals. One is extremely similar to the future GPS L1C signal with time-division BOC(1,1) and BOC(6,1) signals. Such a type of modulation is called time-multiplexed binary offset carrier (TMBOC).
In October 2014, Tesla started equipping its Model S with hardware to allow for the incremental introduction of self-driving technology: a forward radar, a forward-looking camera, 12 long-range ultrasonic sensors positioned to sense 16 feet around the car in every direction at all speeds, and a... read more
The same techniques guided ancient Polynesians in the open Pacific and led Sir Ernest Shackleton to remote Antarctica, then oriented astronauts when the Apollo 12 was disabled by lightning, the techniques of celestial navigation.
GTX Corp, an IoT platform in the personal location GPS wearable and wandering-assistive-technology business, has completed a successful SmartSole pilot program transitioning into a commercial launch in Germany.
Here Maps is plotting a course for its future. The destination: becoming an engine of the new era of self-driving cars.
Postgraduate student Wei Jiang was awarded her PhD for a thesis entitled:
"Seamless Positioning Through the Integration of Satellite, Terrestrial Ranging and Inertial Technologies"
Trikala, a rural town in northern Greece, has been chosen to test a driverless bus in real traffic conditions for the first time, part of a European project to revolutionize mass transport and wean its cities off oil dependency over the next 30 years.
It’s been 20 years since the U.S. Air Force did the world a solid by granting full access to the Global Positioning System. In that time, motorists have moved from crude, monochrome line maps to 3-D topographic displays rendered with skies, buildings, and live traffic information.
Some 15 years ago, Bob Denaro predicted the disappearance of GPS into its various applications.
An ISRO official said that they are looking to extend the GPS Aided Geo Augmented Navigation (GAGAN) and Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) applications to SAARC countries.
China launched a new-generation satellite into orbit that will support its global navigation and positioning network at 7:13 a.m. Beijing Time Wednesday Sept 30, 2015.
Because of the great responsibility of being the prime source of time for many critical national systems, the United States Naval Observatory’s (USNO’s) clock system must be at least one step ahead of the demands expected to be made on its accuracy.
Facebook-owned Oculus VR wooed software makers with the promise of a budding "virtual reality era" and an alliance with streaming television powerhouse Netflix.
When it comes to recording accurate performance data for elite athletes, GPS technology can't keep up, a Griffith researcher claims.
Yes, the industry giant, China-based company DJI at ~70% market share will be the first drone manufacturer to exceed annual revenue of $1B this year, up from $130M in 2013 according to the Wall Street Journal.
With experience in satellite procurement, user equipment development and working with Congress, Col. Steven Whitney may be just the chief the GPS Directorate needs.
GPS technology can do much more than guide drivers and smartphone users on unfamiliar streets.
The Locate16 Organising Committee have announced that the Call for Abstracts is now open for the Locate Conference. Locate16 will be held 12-14 April 2016 at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.
Europe sent two satellites into space on 11 September as it pushes to get its beleaguered Galileo satnav programme back on track.
China’s Beidou Satellite Positioning System will provide services across the Arabian peninsula, in order to increase its international market presence, the China Youth Daily reported on Wednesday.
World renowned speakers from around the world, including France, the United Kingdom, Sweden and the United States will headline Australia’s first ever driverless car conference on 5-6 November 2015 in Adelaide.
A new approach that uses light to move mirrors could usher in a new generation of laser technology for a wide range of applications, including remote sensing, self-driving car navigation and 3D biomedical imaging.
The availability of several GNSS promises advanced positioning, navigation, and timing services with higher availability and improved accuracy.
For the savvy cyclist, "smart bikes" tend to offer useful elements that enhance rides for fun, commuting, or sport.
Reliable, consistent positioning accuracy has always driven new product development in the survey and mapping sector of the GPS/GNSS market.
Colony collapse disorder is threatening the worldwide population of bees and Australia’s science and research agency, CSIRO, is tackling the problem by developing a micro-sensor tracking system to monitor the behaviour of bees.
China’s two most recently launched BeiDou navigation spacecraft have begun operating and established inter-satellite links in the nation’s GNSS constellation, the state news agency Xinhua announced on August 14.
In 1884, a delegation of international representatives convened in Washington, D.C. to recommend that Earth's prime meridian should pass through the Airy Transit Circle at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England.
Navigating the clinical labyrinth of Australia’s hospitals will become easier for patients and visitors thanks to a new generation of smartphone apps.
In a recent episode of Q&A on the ABC, the American cosmologist Neil deGrasse Tyson gushed about the prospects of mining in space, and the benefits that might afford humanity.
On July 25, China launched two modernised BeiDou satellites. Although the nomenclature is still controversial, the Joint Space Operations Centre / North American Aerospace Defense Command identifiers for the satellites are BEIDOU-3 M1 and BEIDOU-3 M2.
On 25 April 2015, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal, claiming over 8,800 lives, injuring over 9,000 and drastically affecting millions of others.
Locata Positioning recently announced that NASA plans to install LocataNet at its Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. The network will serve as the core positioning technology for safety-critical unmanned aerial system research.
China launched two new satellites into space last Saturday, state media reported, as it builds a homegrown satellite navigation system to rival the US's GPS.
The world’s oldest map, etched into the wall of a cave in Spain 14,000 years ago, charted the best locations to hunt for food. Today companies are competing in their own hunt to control the future of mapping technology.
In February 2015, the Intergovernmental Committee on Mapping and Surveying (ICSM), Permanent Committee on Geodesy (PCG) proposed a revised roadmap to modernise the Geocentric Datum of Australia 1994 (GDA94), Australia’s current national Geocentric Datum.
Aldo Facchin of Leica Geosystems gives an overview of the Pegasus:Backpack mobile mapping system's capabilities at the 2015 Esri User Conference, held July 20–24 in San Diego.
Inside GNSS editor and publisher Glen Gibbons has received a high honor from the United Kingdom's Royal Institute of Navigation (RIN) for his "outstanding contribution to navigation" as a journalist and publisher.
In celebration of the International Cartographic Association’s (ICA) International Map Year 2015-2016, the Australian National Map Competition is looking to award paper and digital maps demonstrating the power of maps.
One of the most important considerations in emergency medical treatment is response time. Now, an engineering graduate at Delft University of Technology has created a rapid response drone to do what a regular ambulance can't.
Lifeguards in the United States are testing how drones may help save lives in coastal waters. Cameras on drones can spot sharks from above, and drones are able to reach struggling swimmers faster than lifeguards to deliver life preservers.
After years of hard work building a spacecraft, a mission team anxiously awaits after a launch — will the instruments they’ve crafted all work as well as planned?
Ashton Carter, the new U.S. Secretary of Defense has been making clear he supports moving past GPS to a disbursed network based on microelectromechanical systems or MEMS for position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information.
A new geodetic network installed in the Surat Basin, Queensland can now measure movement of the Earth’s surface more accurately, and as a consequence is helping to build understanding of valuable resources within the Earth’s crust.
The International Global Navigation Satellite Systems (IGNSS) Society Inc. has announced a call for papers and abstracts for its IGNSS 2015 symposium on GPS/GNSS,14-16 July, 2015 at the Outrigger Hotel, Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia.
Uber will acquire assets from Microsoft Bing, including roughly 100 employees focused on the product’s image collection activities. In short, Uber is absorbing data-collection engineers from Microsoft to bolster its own mapping work.
Five hikers, all blind or partially sighted, crossed a mountain range in eastern France last week thanks to an innovative GPS system that developers hope can help millions of people with vision problems.
China has made breakthroughs in the anti-jamming capability of its Beidou satellite navigation system (BDS), the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Daily reported recently.
GNSS chipsets are now ubiquitous in smartphones and tablets. Yet the underlying positioning accuracy of these consumer-grade GNSS receivers has stagnated over the past decade.
New competitive demands and regulatory requirements are driving financial firms around the world to use highly precise timestamps on incoming information and transactions, a trend likely to push firms to adopt a common time source like GPS.
The heads of Russia's Federal Space Agency and China's Satellite Navigation Office signed recently a statement on the joint exploitation of the Chinese BeiDou system with Russia's GLONASS navigation system.
BlackSky Global has revealed its plan to provide high-resolution images of the globe at an unparalleled cost and frequency.
A new GPS survey of Mount McKinley, the highest point in North America, will update the commonly accepted elevation of McKinley’s peak, 20,320 feet.
Australia’s governing body for UAV, CASA, has indicated that they may be relaxing their restrictions on commercial applications by adopting a new two kilogram weight limit.
The mass production of Glonass-K1, the third generation of GLONASS navigation satellites, has begun. This is aimed at ensuring the further development and expansion of the Glonass satellite network through 2017-2019.