Budding space industry professionals from around the world are gathering in Adelaide for the first Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program since the South Australian capital was announced as home of the national industry.
In April 2018, the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) announced the Department of Homeland Security release of the memorandum titled “U.S.
Today’s GNSS satellites transmit on three or more carrier frequencies. The quality of the data in these signals from GPS, BeiDou, Galileo, GLONASS and QZSS reveals the expected measurement precisions.
Iron ore miner Rio Tinto has completed the deployment phase of its $900 million Pilbara AutoHaul automated heavy-haul, long distance rail network.
«We depend on good GPS signals to quickly locate areas with people missing in extreme weather like we have today,» says Deputy Chief of Police Trond Eirik Nilsen with Finnmark Police District to the Barents Observer.
The warning, published as a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen) came at 11.35 am on Wednesday January 9th.
On the first day of the giant CES electronics trade show, Ford very publicly committed to deploy cellular vehicle-to-everything technology (C-V2X) in all its new vehicle models in the U.S. beginning in 2022.
Satellite positioning data keeps autonomous cars on the road, guides emergency services and tells Uber drivers where their fare is waiting. That’s why space engineer Julia Mitchell is working on a system that can pinpoint your location with extreme accuracy.
Antenova Ltd. has developed a new positioning antenna that it says can pinpoint a location to within centimetres in the GNSS bands.
In a unique car accident, a self-driving Tesla Model S hit and destroyed an autonomousPromobot, the robot model v4, on Jan. 6 in Las Vegas. The incident took place at 3000 Paradise Road, Las Vegas.
With a few clicks of the smartphone, the destination is inputted into a navigational app, with customized route preferences to avoid traffic, tolls and, in cities like San Francisco, even inclines.
French designer Philippe Starck has developed a GPS-tracking wristband that allows people who enjoy water sports to alert the coastal rescue to their location in an emergency.
A US tech start-up has been slapped with a historic fine for launching unauthorised satellites, prompting warnings about “runaway cowboy-like behaviour” from private companies joining the space race.
Virginia-based Ligado Networks and its predecessor firm LightSquared have been pushing since 2011 to change the rules governing how its spectrum can be used — a move essential to building a ground-based communications network that navigation experts insist will interfere with GPS receivers.
China’s alternative to the American-owned GPS extended its coverage beyond the Asia-Pacific region with a goal of becoming a dominating technology in the future, spurring gains in shares of related companies.
A SpaceX rocket carrying a US military navigation satellite has blasted off from Florida’s Cape Canaveral, marking the space transportation company’s first national security space mission for the US.
In 2019, the International Astronomical Union (IAU) is celebrating its 100th anniversary (IAU100) and the astronomical breakthroughs that have shaped science, technology and culture throughout the last century.
In order to analyse climate change or provide information on natural hazards, for example, it is important for researchers to gather knowledge about rain. Better knowledge of precipitation and its distribution could, for example, help protect against river flooding.
As announced by RINEX Working Group Chairman Ken MacLeod (of Natural Resources Canada) in IGSMAIL-7713, The International GNSS Service (IGS) and Radio Technical Commission Maritime Service, Special Committee -104 (RTCM SC-104) RINEX Working Group announce the availability of RINEX 3.04.
Space Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) – known in North America as the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) – have been fully operational in one form or another for several years.
Gladys West, a pivotal figure in the development of the Global Positioning System, or GPS, just received one of the U.S. Air Force’s highest honours.
Authorities in China are installing surveillance devices in electrically-powered bicycles and motorbikes, raising concerns that the government wants to track the movement of citizens.
China and Russia have modified an important layer of the atmosphere above Europe to test a controversial technology for possible military application, according to Chinese scientists involved in the project.
One Arizona city is implementing a GPS tagging system that seems like something out of a spy movie to help police track fleeing suspects without the dangerous high-speed chases.
Spire Global, Inc, the world's largest space to cloud analytics company, today announced Spire's most recently launched satellites are the first satellites in the world to use Galileo GNSS signals to measure radio occultation (GNSS-RO) profiles in a production capacity for the weather community... read more
Adelaide will be the headquarters of Australia’s first dedicated space agency in a move that is expected to boost economic activity and provide new job opportunities for locals.
The U.S. Air Force's first GPS III satellite has been encapsulated for its planned Dec. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., on a SpaceX Falcon 9 satellite-delivery vehicle.
NavVis, a leading global provider of indoor spatial intelligence solutions, has announced that it has closed a new funding round, raising a total of US$35.5 million.
The year 2019 will bring GLONASS users many new opportunities. Improving navigation services specifically at the user level, primarily assessed in terms of signal accuracy and availability, is our primary goal.
A trial of SBAS technology for improved worker safety on construction sites appears to demonstrate improved productivity and safety outcomes, according to participants.Safe Work Australia found that 31 percent of construction workers’ injuries on the job were... read more
As one of the core GNSS, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has been developed following a three-step development strategy.
After many years of development at the fringe of the GNSS industry, dual-frequency GNSS devices are finally ready to hit the mass market and will account for more than a billion chipset shipments in 2023, according to a new market data report by ... read more
Since the declaration of initial services in December 2016, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) have expanded Galileo’s system capabilities and service robustness with significant improvements of the ground segment and the last batch of four satellites launched by... read more
CSIROSat-1 pilot Cubesat to launch in 2020 with funding from CSIRO, a grant from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund and industry partners.
On Dec. 4, President Trump signed the Frank LoBiondo U.S. Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2018. Included in that bill was the National Timing Security and Resilience Act of 2018.
Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system - already serving users globally - has now provided a historic service to the physics community worldwide, enabling the most accurate measurement ever made of how shifts in gravity alter the passing of time, a key element of Einstein's Theory of... read more
Hyundai Mnsoft will collaborate with AI startup Netradyne for the development of high definition maps for next-generation vehicles, the companies announced.
Locate19 has announced its first round of plenary speakers as the event’s agenda begins to take shape.
A diverse set of heavy-hitters from distinct backgrounds forms up the first announcement of the agenda for April’s Locate19.
Navigating across the world’s roads with GPS is easy. Navigating through the shifting construction zones, detours, and forks of the GPS Enterprise is not always so straightforward.
UK Prime Minister Theresa May announced that Britain would explore the possibility of building its own satellite navigation system instead of relying on the EU's Galileo, compelling another minister in her Cabinet to resign.
Septentrio has launched the Mosaic high-precision GNSS receiver module.
Russian positioning satellites could circle the Moon by 2040.
Two tiny GNSS-RO nanosatellites now circle the Earth, ready for action. The first European Pioneer mission lifted off Nov. 29 from Sriharikota, India, to put the satellites into orbit.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s most recent document preparing for the future of self-driving cars almost entirely ignores positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) needs, according to the Resilient Navigation and Timing (RNT) Foundation.
The XXIV ISPRS Congress, which is the congress for the geospatial community held every four years, will take place in 2020 in the gorgeous city of Nice, on the Mediterranean Sea, from 14-20 June.
Developing an autonomous car ready for the public is a huge task that has consumed tech companies for years, with millions of miles of on-testing that has cost hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s not easy.
BMW says they could accomplish the task in about two years. Wait, what?
The 2nd Space Operations Squadron took formal command of Architecture Evolution Plan 7.5, the largest GPS architectural change in operational history, after its successful installation at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Nov. 16.
Services of the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) officially started on Nov. 1, according to a statement from Japan’s National Space Policy Secretariat, Cabinet Office.
The entirety of West Antarctica contains enough ice that, if it were to melt, would cause oceans to rise about 3m. While the West Antarctic ice sheet is at risk of collapse, GPS data suggests this crisis could be averted because the bedrock supporting it is rising.
NASA has a new spacecraft operating on the surface of Mars.
Satellite communications innovator and space gateway Goonhilly Earth Station has joined the consortium backing the SmartSat CRC (co-operative research centre), a proposed space research initiative which plans to drive the Australian space industry through satellite technologies and analytics.
Augmented reality technology can accelerate the testing of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) by 1,000 to 100,000 times and reduce additional testing costs beyond the price of physical vehicles to almost zero, according to a new white paper published by the University of Michigan’s Mcity... read more
Tech companies like Google, Apple, and Uber should be forced to share mapping data with rivals firms and the public sector, the UK government has been advised by a data advocacy group.
DARPA has conducted a demonstration test series at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., showcasing its Collaborative Operations in Denied Environment program for autonomous drone operations in the face of enemy jamming and area-denial efforts.
San Francisco-based company Mapper is another startup looking to work in the development of self-driving cars.
With some analysts predicting as many as 10 million self-driving cars will hit the road by 2030, it’s no wonder the lidar market is projected to be worth $1.8 million in just five years.
The launch and deployment of the 42nd and 43rd BeiDou satellites complete the basic BDS-3 constellation.China has successfully sent twin BeiDou satellites into space by a Long March-3B launch vehicle (with an Expedition-1 upper stage) from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, at... read more
Recently launched satellites of BeiDou Phase 3 program have started broadcasting new signals. Javad GNSS announced successful tracking of these signals and provided the adjacent figures.
Finland has summoned Russia's ambassador to answer allegations that Moscow was behind the jamming of GPS signals in Lapland during recent NATO exercises, the foreign ministry in Helsinki confirmed Saturday 17 November.
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granted in part the European Commission’s request for a waiver of the commission’s rules so that non-federal devices in the United States may access specific Galileo signals.
There is an abundance of data today, but how can it be processed, visualised and analysed to deliver real business benefits?
The U.S. Maritime Administration issued an expanded advisory for GPS disruptions in the Middle East. The new advisory renews and repeats warnings for the eastern Mediterranean and adds the Port of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.
Oslo on Tuesday 13 November pointed a finger squarely at Russia, accusing it of jamming GPS signals in Norway's Far North when it hosted NATO's massive exercises in October and early November.
PSMA Australia’s Geoscape dataset has been expanded nationally, mapping every building on the continent with a roof area greater than nine square metres.Dubbing the project a ‘Buildings Census’, PSMA Australia has mapped and calculated the total number of buildings in Australia, breaking the... read more
After millions of pounds of funding from the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) under the UK National Quantum Technologies Programme, British scientists have constructed what they claim to be humanity's first quantum 'compass,' a navigational device independent of the satellite-based Global... read more
The United Nations’ International Committee on GNSS (ICG) held its 13th meeting in Xi’an, China, Nov. 4-9. Attendees included the four major GNSS: GPS (United States), GLONASS (Russia), BeiDou (China) and Galileo (Europe).
Newcastle City Council will launch a driverless bus trial in the first half of next year along the city’s harbour and beaches.
Disruptions to Global Positioning System (GPS) signals have been reported in northern Norway and Finland this month, overlapping with the final days of NATO's exercise Trident Juncture, a massive military exercise that has ... read more
Today, most of us navigate thanks to the supercomputers we carry in our back pockets and the GPS satellites that orbit the planet.
China successfully launched the BeiDou-3 satellite, the 41st satellite to join the nation's BeiDou navigation system, atop the Long March 3B carrier rocket, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) said on Friday 2 November.
China's home-grown global satellite navigation system came a step closer to completion Thursday 1 November with the launch of another BeiDou-3 satellite at 11:57 p.m. from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in the southwestern Sichuan Province.
The Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has resumed collecting science-quality data and planned in-orbit checks after successfully completing a switchover to a backup system in the microwave instrument (MWI) on one of the mission's twin spacecraft.
Uber is planning to put its self-driving car technology back on the streets in Pennsylvania after it suspended the programme earlier this year.
The announcement of the White House’s new strategy to speed development of next-generation wireless networks is likely to create a new front in the years-long fight over a proposed project that could interfere with GPS spectrum.
Time is running out for the European Union to decide on the type of standard it should use for the future deployment of driverless cars.
Self-driving vehicles are just one of the incredible technologies that will be unlocked by the fifth-generation of wireless data.
Cohda Wireless has successfully demonstrated its connected autonomous vehicle technology in a live trial on the streets of the city of Adelaide, Australia.
Researchers are turning to an unusual source of inspiration to improve the guidance systems of driverless cars: the mantis shrimp.
Location data privacy has become talk of the town where giants like Google has been scrutinised for tracking location 24×7 even when you have turned off your location history. Even social networking leader Facebook has not been spared in the past.
With car manufacturers and tech giants racing to perfect driverless car technology, the future of autonomous cars looks bright. However, the path to success is littered with setbacks, and that means a litany of crashes, both minor and major.
The European Space Agency has awarded a new framework contract and two new work orders to Thales Alenia Space in France to upgrade the Galileo Mission Segment, the element of the worldwide Galileo ground segment dedicated to delivering navigation services.
A Swedish government-owned company has unveiled what it says is “the world’s most advanced testing facility for self-driving vehicles”.The AstaZero 5G proving ground in Gothenburg was originally established in 2014 as a bespoke test facility for Uber. It has been upgraded and is now open to... read more
In the framework of GNSS cooperation between the European Union (EU) and Japan, a test was recently conducted of a GNSS-based global Emergency Warning Service using Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), which delivered impressive results.
An artificial intelligence application on-board a SharkSpotter UAV monitors for shark attributes as it overflies inshore areas where the predators are known to hunt.
The award recognises Lambeck’s 50-year contribution to Australian and global science through his research “watching” planet Earth – it’s a specialist field known as geodesy.
China successfully launched a pair of BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into medium Earth orbits on Oct. 15, according to GB Times.
Garmin is now offering a GPS, GLONASS and Galileo watch called Instinct. Instinct is a strong and durable watch with GNSS support, plus built-in 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter and wrist-based heart rate sensor.
Apple is expanding its street mapping efforts beyond vans outfitted with LIDAR equipment and now has employees collecting street level data on foot.
To achieve the dream of autonomous vehicles and robots, it’s going to take much more than computer vision and artificial intelligence.
Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a novel algorithm that enables localisation of humans and robots in areas where GPS is unavailable. According to ARL researchers Gunjan Verma and Dr.
Scientists at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory have developed a novel algorithm that enables localisation of humans and robots in areas where GPS is unavailable. According to ARL researchers Gunjan Verma and Dr.
The U.S. Army is drafting new rules for the use of GPS receivers in weapon systems to combat spoofing and jamming attacks, as well as signal loss in GPS-denied environments, according to news reports.
Four innovators in the fields of satellites, signals, services and products accepted Leadership Awards for 2018 from this magazine at the GPS World Leadership Awards Ceremony and Dinner on September 27 in Miami.
The federal government has announced a new $9.7 million investment in an Office for Future Transport Technologies, which it says will prepare for the pending arrival of automated vehicles and advanced transport technology.
European students and researchers are invited to compete in a new Galileo smartphone app competition sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA).
Driverless car technology that can "talk to traffic lights" and sense pedestrians around a blind corner will be tested on Adelaide roads this month. In a showcase of what the future of transport could look like, the Australian-first trial of two driverless Lincoln MKZ sedans will... read more
Before and after satellite images of Indonesia earthquake and tsunami, reveals three large inland flows of mud that caused severe damage in densely populated areas, connecting roadway to the bridge also washed away. Large chunks of the coastline are missing.
In an effort to make our satellites even more accurate, Russian researchers have developed a laser so precise that it can measure the distance between Earth and the moon to just a few millimetres.
CSIRO’s Data61 will field a team to compete in the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA)’s Subterranean Challenge competition, which seeks new approaches to rapidly map, navigate, and search underground environments.
The day after the quake, I heard there had been huge surface breaks in a region extending for more than 170 km along the eastern part of the northern South Island.
The Institute of Navigation congratulates Dr. Oliver Montenbruck, recipient of the 2018 Johannes Kepler Award presented to Dr.
The new Cybersecurity Solarium Commission should consider addressing GPS vulnerabilities as it develops a strategy to protect the U.S. against attacks on its computer systems and infrastructure, experts agreed.
The Assistant Commissioner of Victoria Police has suggested that UAVs may be used for surveillance during public events such as football finals and festivals for irregular behaviour.
Australia’s federal aviation body is seeking comment on a draft set of new rules for use of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS).
The Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute has held its Annual General Meeting in Launceston, Tasmania, appointing a new president and a number of board directors.
Hurricane Harvey dumped more than 1.5 metres of water on southeast Texas in late August 2017, making it the wettest recorded hurricane in U.S. history. But after the storm passed, where did all that water go?
Indoor mapping is often associated with the rise in location-based services, but over the past few years there has been a growing demand for indoor mapping for a much wider range of use cases. In fact, it is fair to say that the evolution of indoor mapping has only just got started.
On Sept. 19, China successfully sent twin BeiDou-3 navigation satellites into space on a single carrier rocket, according to state news agency Xinhuanet.
NextNav announced that its altitude service delivered floor-level accuracy in 94 percent of test calls in recent blind industry tests commissioned by the Cellular Telephone Industry Association (CTIA).
Real-time kinematic (RTK) integration usually uses separate antennas, which can lead to reduced efficiency because of electro-magnetic interference (EMI).
North Carolina officials are warning motorists against using transportation apps in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Florence due to flash flooding.
The U.S. Air Force said on Friday 14 September it had chosen Lockheed Martin to build 22 next-generation Global Positioning System satellites worth up to $7.2 billion, part of a major effort to modernise the GPS constellation of satellites.
The GNSS User Technology Report, a sister publication to the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, is published every two years and takes an in-depth look at the latest state-of-the-art GNSS receiver technology, along with providing expert analysis on the trends that will shape the global GNSS... read more
It was announced back in December, but RAC has taken delivery of a Navya level 4 autonomous vehicle, the first of several it is to receive.
The European datum of 1950 (ED50) is the first common datum developed for the European Continent. It remains the de facto datum used in offshore operations in the North Sea and has legal status in the determination of some international borders in that sea.
Antenova Ltd, manufacturer of antennas and RF antenna modules for connected devices and the Internet of Things, is now shipping its latest module for tiny positioning devices - the RADIONOVA M20047-1.
The study of more than 1000 people, by car insurer Budget Direct, found 57 per cent of responders thought driverless cars were a dangerous idea, and 47 per cent said they would ride in one.
Boston-based start-up company WaveSense is developing Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) for autonomous vehicles to help keep them on track during adverse weather conditions, or if the primary sensor system were to fail.
With Europe’s Galileo constellation in space now expanded to 26 navigation satellites — and Galileo Initial Services available to users worldwide — the infrastructure on the ground that controls them is undergoing a corresponding expansion.
That is how old the International GNSS Service (IGS) will be on Jan. 1, 2019.
2018 State of the GNSS Industry survey respondents who identified themselves as from the survey sector constituted 30% of the total, corresponding to the percentage of the magazine’s readership.
One year ago, Dara Khosrowshahi took over the reins at Uber amid a series of spiralling, self-inflicted scandals, with the promise to right the ship by rescuing the ride-hail company’s abysmal reputation on safety and privacy.
Lidars and cameras are two of the three standard sensors (along with radar) on almost all self-driving cars being tested today.
As precision guidance, autonomous operations, high-definition geocoded images and high-volume data processing all improve, drone use will continue to increase. OEM receiver manufacturers, sensor suppliers and data-handling companies play key roles in development, and stand to profit thereby.
Driverless cars are being tested on Australian roads, but experts say Australia is not ready to embrace this type of technology following one pedestrian death and a number of collisions.
A team of scientists has been successful in significantly improving the accuracy of GPS in smartphones.
If you’ve been using Tile to track and locate your belongings, then you know the device has a considerable downside. It doesn’t work over GPS, and it needs to be connected via Bluetooth to your smartphone so you can find the stuff you lost.
Europe's first driverless taxi service has launched in Russia.
Traditionally, LiDAR sensors are built with mechanical moving parts that cost tens of thousands of dollars, are difficult to miniaturise, and are ... read more
Japanese car manufacturer Toyota is plowing $ 500 million (£ 387 million) to Uber to help the taxi company develop self-driving cars in the race.
A self-driving taxi has successfully taken paying passengers through the busy streets of Tokyo, raising the prospect that the service will be ready in time to ferry athletes and tourists between sports venues and the city centre during the 2020 Summer Olympics.
The 2018 Multi GNSS Asia conference is set to take over RMIT’s Melbourne City campus on October 23 to 25. Organisers and partners FrontierSI, Geoscience Australia and RMIT are seeking applicants to submit abstracts in two key streams: ‘Industry applications’ and ‘Latest research trends’.
The Korea Research Institute of Ships and Oceans Engineering (KRISO) has awarded UrsaNav a contract to supply an eLoran Transmitter Test Bed System in the Republic of Korea.
China on Saturday 25 August successfully sent twin BeiDou navigation satellites into space on a single carrier rocket. The Long March-3B carrier rocket lifted off from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province at 7:52 a.m..
One of the unfortunate consequences of Brexit might be that the UK gets locked out of Europe's nascent Galileo GPS satellite project – but funding has now been set aside to develop a network of satellites to provide upgraded coverage for the UK specifically.
Our Earth is constantly on the move, as the current Kilauea eruption dramatically illustrates. But capturing data on small shifts over time isn’t so easy.
Sports data company STATSports is offering STATS GPS shirts to provide real-time GPS intelligence to athletes and coaches.
Next month, NASA will launch into space the most advanced laser instrument of its kind, beginning a mission to measure - in unprecedented detail - changes in the heights of Earth's polar ice.
As the first Lockheed Martin-built GPS III satellite prepares to ship to the launch pad, the U.S. Air Force has declared that the second GPS III satellite is complete, fully tested and ready to launch.
The John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019 (HR 5515) approves spending of $716 billion of which $1.46 billion will go to the GPS program.
China has deployed a set of national standards for testing smart autonomous cars on roads, which is expected to accelerate the technology’s development.
Arriving a bit late to the party, soccer’s governing bodies have finally recognised the importance of technology in contrast with many other team sports.
Scientists with NASA/Caltech's Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis project (ARIA) used new satellite data to produce a map of ground deformation on the resort island of Lombok, Indonesia, following a deadly 6.9-magnitude earthquake on August 5.
As a passionate pro-European mourning the potential of Britain’s last summer in the EU, Andy Pardy was looking for some kind of project to vent his frustration at Brexit.
The Pentagon announced Monday 6 August that U.S. military personnel are no longer allowed to use "geolocation capabilities" on personal or government devices, such as iPhones and fitness-tracking devices, during operational deployments and at the discretion of commanders any other time.
The nation’s leading GPS experts voted unanimously Monday 6 August to oppose allowing Ligado Networks to use spectrum neighbouring the GPS band for terrestrial communications.
Consumer information organisations like the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) design test procedures to compare different automobile manufacturers’ safety systems.
The Guardian has reported that the UK law enforcement and military will continue to access the encrypted signal of the Galileo satellite system post-Brexit.
Israel does not have car manufacturing plants or vehicle assembly lines but that hasn’t stopped this little country from building a sterling reputation for its horsepower in the autonomous vehicles and mobility markets.
Extensive visual map databases are being created that, when coupled with cameras, radars and lidars on the vehicle and processed by artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enable the driverless car to be steered much the way humans drive.
Start-up company Baraja has combined wavelength-tuneable laser with prism-like optics for a new Lidar designed system (Spectrum Scan) that eliminates any moving parts making the device more durable, especially for autonomous vehicles.
The first global GNSS-reflectometry ocean-wind data service has been launched by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
China on Sunday 29 July sent twin satellites into space via a single carrier rocket, entering a period with unprecedentedly intensive launches of BeiDou satellites.
Last December, Transport for NSW announced that it was looking to trial emerging connected and automated vehicles in regional NSW. This week it made good on the announcement, with upcoming trials of driverless shuttles in Coffs Harbour and Armidale.
Europe's very own version of GPS is a big step closer to completion today with the launch of four more Galileo navigation satellites. The constellation now comprises 26 satellites, with 24 being the magic number needed for full services to begin.
In these strange days, the phrase ‘space race’ is likely to dredge a curious tapestry of associations.Chillingly resonant Cold War paranoia, retro spacesuits, titanic rockets, celebrity astronauts and the crowning triumph of a human walking on the moon.
Authorities have for the first time captured, using high-resolution satellite imagery, artificial intelligence and crowdsourcing, the location of almost every tree and building across 7.6 million square kilometres of Australia.
Apple is continuing to expand its testing of autonomous vehicles.
Europe's next Galileo satellites have been put in place on top of the Ariane 5 launcher due to lift them from Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana on Wednesday 25 July.
A variety of organisations are cooperating to assess and address GPS-related vulnerabilities in the country’s critical infrastructure.
CORS stations have a range of about 70 kilometres, which necessitates the existence of a network of the same to offer maximum benefit to users regardless of their location (this network enables a user to connect to a CORS station nearest to them).
Sydney-based startup, Baraja, is offering a solution to autonomous car manufacturers, that the company says solves the scalability, reliability, and performance issues they have faced in the past.
German auto giant Daimler AG and auto supplier Bosch have announced a partnership to deploy self-driving taxis in California’s Silicon Valley region next year, as part of an urban test programme.
China sent a Beidou-2 backup navigation satellite into orbit on a Long March-3A rocket from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center, in the southwestern Sichuan Province, at 4:58 a.m. Tuesday 10 July, according to Xinhua.net.
The European Space Agency (ESA) has released an augmented reality view of Galileo satellites in the sky close to ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands. The image comes from a Galileo-focused satnav app for Android smartphones, developed by ESA engineers.
In September last year the Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources tabled its report on the social aspects of the introduction of driverless cars in Australia. Last week, the Australian Government’s response was tabled in Parliament.
Light detecting and ranging (LiDAR) has bigger challenges ahead than autonomous vehicle crashes.
Autonomous vehicles are one of the big engineering challenges of the 21st century, and not just because of the tech itself.
Europe's next four Galileo satellites have been fuelled for launch at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, in preparation for their launch on 25 July.
Baidu has unveiled an artificial intelligence chip to run intensive computing in everything from data centres to autonomous driving, as the Chinese search giant prepares to launch its first self-driving vehicles in Japan.
The Navigation with Indian Constellation (NavIC) - India's indigenous navigation and positioning system - has confronted unforeseen challenges ahead of its commercial rollout slated for the next few months.
Recent changes in hardware and standards make one-meter accuracy possible, in some cases as soon as this year.
The Australian government has launched a four-year plan to upgrade and densify its National Positioning Infrastructure (NPI) to improve position accuracy from coast to coast.
Europe’s satellite navigation system Galileo is already in use worldwide, usable by itself or in combination with the U.S. GPS. Now a combined Galileo–GPS positioning fix has been achieved in space — aboard the International Space Station — through an ESA–NASA collaboration.
Famed for its gleaming skyscrapers razoring the skyline, Singapore has long been a symbol of technological innovation.
While Detroit and Silicon Valley race to design the car of the future, Europe and China are quietly gaining ground.
Hopping in the car and firing up the navigation system, only to have it take you in precisely the wrong direction while it gets its bearings, will be a thing of the past for South Korean users of combined GPS/eLoran navigation systems when the nation’s new eLoran network comes on line in 2020.... read more
The flying car dream sold to kids in cartoons like “The Jetsons” is getting closer to reality -- just 50 years later, and in Germany.
Sebastian Thrun no longer runs Google’s autonomous driving unit, but he is still an active participant in the transformation of the car industry. As president of Udacity, a company he founded in 2012, he oversees the training of a new generation of high-tech specialists.
A tool that has helped guide sailors across oceans for centuries is now being tested aboard the International Space Station as a potential emergency navigation tool for guiding future spacecraft across the cosmos.
A new $10 million fund dedicated to expanding trials of driverless vehicles will forms part of the New South Wales Budget, ensuring that the State keeps up with the moving pace of technology.
Russia launched a Soyuz-2.1b carrier rocket from the Plesetsk space center on Sunday to orbit a GLONASS-M satellite, the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Four more Galileo satellites will be launched on a customised Ariane 5on July 25.
The issue at hand is whether the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should allow a change in the use of frequencies close to those used by GPS. Virginia-based Ligado Networks wants to repurpose its satellite frequencies to also support ground-based telecom services.
World Cup soccer spectators will get to ride driverless buses to see France’s clash with Australia in Russia’s eastern city of Kazan on Saturday, part of a state-backed push into autonomous vehicles.
The town of Milton Keynes is at the heart of the UK’s transport revolution. It’s home to several tech start-ups and major transport-related brands, such as Network Rail (the UK’s rail authority), Leica Geosystems, Mercedes, VW, and Red Bull F1.
Imagine a state-of-the-art driverless car is zipping along a road with a disabled 90-year-old-passenger. A young mother with a toddler steps into the road. The car must make a decision: drive into the mother and child and kill them, or career into a wall and kill the passenger.
Less than three weeks after launch, the Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission has successfully completed its first mission phase and demonstrated the performance of the precise microwave ranging system that enables its unique measurements of how mass migrates... read more
The Chinese government is readying a program that will make it possible to track citizens’ cars using RFID chips, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Australia’s national science agency has announced a research centre dedicated to analysis and collection of Earth data gathered from space.The CSIRO Centre for Earth Observation will serve as a locus for Earth observation activities within the organisation, and will act to catalyse engagement ... read more
A call has been issued for greater clarity about vehicles being sold with advanced driver assistance technology.
An increasingly bitter political and economic argument between the United Kingdom (U.K.) and the European Union (EU) has alternately stalled and unfrozen progress on Galileo.
Congratulations to Geoscience Australia’s Gary Johnston on being awarded the Public Service Medal in yesterday’s Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Mobile brand Xiaomi has launched a dual-frequency GNSS smartphone.
An update to Tesla's Autopilot software coming in August will enable "full self-driving features" for the automaker's electric cars, chief executive Elon Musk says.
A young woman drowned and a man is missing after they were caught inside Prague's drain system by torrential rains while participating in a global GPS-based treasure hunt, police said Sunday 10 June.
The idea of mining asteroids is more popular than you might think.
The U.S. Air Force’s top space acquisition official says he’s confident the service can agree to “fair” prices from Lockheed Martin Corp.
The technology multinational GMV, provider of system integration, development and engineering in the sectors of aerospace, defence, intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and ICTs, has decided to enlarge its central site in the technology park called Parque Tecnologico de Madrid, acquiring... read more
u-blox announced its UBX‑P3 chip for vehicle-to-everything (V2X) wireless communications, based on the DSRC/802.11p standard.
In the race to deploy driverless public transport, Singapore has built a mini town that could vault it into pole position.
The claimed benefits for driverless cars cover everything from sustainability to safety. The approaching autonomous era will reshape our lives, boost productivity, and change our ideas around vehicle ownership, enthusiasts say.
A new post processed kinematic (PPK) direct georeferencing system for UAVs has been announced by Hexagon and Klau Geomatics.The new system requires no local GPS receiver, and features pre-calibrated cameras in a package for DJI drones, with the manufacturers claiming that their solution can... read more
Orolia’s atomic clock solutions have been selected for the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) under contracts totalling 26 million euros for an additional 12 Galileo satellites.
The University of Nottingham is working with Brazilian and European Union (EU) partners to solve atmospheric interference problems that hamper satellite-based positioning in equatorial countries like Brazil.
The culmination of several years of test and analysis conducted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the assessment will play a key role in the Federal Communications Commission’s upcoming decision on a proposal from Ligado Networks.
The United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) continue locked in conflict over Galileo post-Brexit, much akin to a divorce dispute over the children.
China will launch another 11 BeiDou-3 satellites by the end of 2018, adding to its domestic BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), said an official at an academic conference on Wednesday 23 May.
Google has introduced many new features for Google Maps using augmented reality (AR) and computer vision. With regards to AR, it has announced a new navigation service, using the camera and GPS of a smartphone to give the user turn-by-turn walking directions.
Uber’s decision to shutter its self-driving car program two months after a fatal accident only applies to its efforts in Arizona.
Ask Xioadi Hou, Co-Founder and CTO of TuSimple, about his startup company's methodology for creating artificial intelligence for autonomous trucks, and one answer quickly jumps out: “We're not using LiDAR,” Hou told Design News.
Britain ramped up a Brexit space row with the EU on Thursday24 May, saying it will demand repayment if it is excluded from the Galileo satellite navigation project.
HERE Technologies is teaming up with mapping partners in China, Japan and Korea to create a unified worldwide mapping system that they say will guide self- driving cars safely and efficiently.
The state’s largest on-road automated vehicle trial is happening on Sydney’s motorways.
Chinese Internet giant Baidu has conducted road tests for three L4 autonomous vehicles in Xiongan New Area, Hebei Province, the company announced on May 23. Baidu dispatched a technical test team to debug and optimize the tested vehicles according to their real-time performance.
The Galileo Reference Centre (GRC), the new state-of-the-art performance monitoring hub for the European Union’s global satellite navigation system, was officially inaugurated May 16 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
The first phase of the Intel and Mobileye 100-car autonomous vehicle (AV) fleet has begun on Jerusalem roads.
The firmament of satellite navigation systems and space exploration has also finally felt the ripples of Britain’s decision to pull out of the European Union.
Australia’s national space agency will commence operation on July 1, 2018, with $15 million of the committed $41 million to go towards promoting strategic... read more
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) has officially opened its Borealis Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) testbed on the European route E8 highway with a demonstration of truck platooning involving its Swedish and Finnish partners.
Engineers inside Tesla wanted to add robust driver monitoring systems to the company’s cars to help make sure drivers safely use Autopilot, and Tesla even worked with suppliers on possible solutions, according... read more
The rise of cars with self-driving capabilities has created numerous opportunities for technology firms to break into the automotive industry.
The National Space-based PNT Advisory Board is sponsored by NASA on behalf of the Deputy Secretary level PNT Executive Committee (EXCOM), which is comprised of nine Federal agencies and departments that coordinate interagency activities pertaining to the management of the Global Positioning... read more
The next two satellites in Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system have arrived at Europe's Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, ahead of their planned launch from the jungle space base in July.
The IGS is pleased to announce upcoming IGS Workshop in Wuhan, China, 29 October to 2 November. This five-day workshop will bring scientists, engineers, and geodesists from all over the world to the campus of Wuhan University for a week of presentations, discussions, and meetings.
Maybe Australians haven't noticed, but the little blue marker showing where you are in Google Maps, or even Apple Maps, isn't as accurate as it could be.
Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said Wednesday 9 May that the company would resume testing its self-driving cars “in a few months.” The ride-hailing company grounded its fleet of autonomous vehicles in the wake of a fatal crash in Tempe, Arizona, and has since said it was waiting for the release of a... read more
Under the federal government’s 2018 budget, Geoscience Australia will receive a whopping $260 million to overhaul satellite-based positioning and data provision services for Australian GNSS and spatial data users.The investment will task Geoscience Australia (GA... read more
Google showed off new features for Google Maps at I/O today, including an augmented reality Street View mode to help you follow directions in real time.
There are degrees of challenge for self-driving cars. Grid-based cities are the lowest of low-hanging fruits, and that’s one reason why early tests took place in California, where not only are the roads straight, but there’s little rainfall and conditions are generally favourable.
Tristan Gooley has got me lost in the middle of London – which, I’ll admit, isn’t a terribly huge achievement. I’m routinely lost in the middle of London.
From 3 May-1 June 2018, citizens in Gothenburg will be able to ride for free on a self-driving shuttle bus, between the main entrance of Chalmers University of Technology and the university’s library. An autonomous bus trial in real traffic conditions is underway in Gothenburg, Sweden for the... read more
The trucks aren't getting any smaller but the number of drivers is shrinking as Australia's big iron ore producers lead the way in adopting autonomous technology.
Australia's push for a slice of the rapidly growing space industry will receive a $50 million injection in the federal budget, the ABC can reveal.
Intelligent vehicles and smart devices could gain more accurate location awareness by fusing GNSS and Wi-Fi signals.
Every two years the CRCSI undertakes the mighty task of summarising trends --- from many sources --- affecting the global spatial industry. This year’s edition builds on the previous Global Outlook reports published in 2014 and 2016.
The project will test the benefits of SBAS services for Australian aviation, focusing on remote areas with limited ground infrastructure.... read more
Convicted sex offender Bill Cosby was ordered Friday 27 April to be fitted with a GPS monitor and undergo a violent sexual predators' assessment, allowed to leave home only for medical treatment or to meet his lawyers.
Per K. Enge, the Vance D. and Arlene C. Coffman Professor in the School of Engineering and one of the world’s foremost experts in GPS technologies, died April 22 at his home in Mountain View, California. He was 64.
The head of Tesla's Autopilot project is leaving the carmarker, amid a US government probe into a fatal accident involving a vehicle using the semi-autonomous driving system. The executive, Jim Keller, is moving to chipmaking giant Intel, both companies said Thursday.
The UK is considering plans to launch a satellite-navigation system as a rival to the EU's Galileo project. The move comes after the UK was told it would be shut out of key elements of the programme after Brexit.
In the American Southwest and in northwestern Mexico, more than half the annual rainfall often comes in the form of the torrential and unpredictable downpours of the North American monsoon.
The ninth Workshop on Satellite Navigation Technologies, NAVITEC 2018, will be held Dec. 5-7 at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.
La Trobe University’s autonobus has been undergoing closed testing around the Bundoora campus for four months, and from today it will be open to the public to ‘Experience the future of transport in Victoria’.
South Korea is speeding up the development of its own global positioning system (GPS) that will be more accurate and offer greater coverage for users, the government said Sunday 22 April.
You might have noticed a problem when you try to use your smartphone to navigate a big city: your GPS location is usually super inaccurate.
As I drive through the vineyard-covered hills of San Luis Obispo,Calif., the tiny Global Positioning System receiver in my phone works with Google Maps to alert me to upcoming turns.
A tiny, low-cost satellite communications device designed for remote areas that is suitable for outback transport operators has been given the green light to be manufactured in Adelaide.
The University of Melbourne’s Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) has taken delivery of an EasyMile EZ10 ... read more
E-commerce giant Alibaba is steering resources towards driverless car technology, its CEO Jack Ma confirmed on Thursday 19 April, joining a global race to shape the future of driving. The competition is heating up in China, the world's largest car market, with internet firm and Alibaba rival... read more
Lockheed Martin has submitted a competitive and fully compliant proposal for the U.S. Air Force's GPS III Follow On (GPS IIIF) program, which will add enhanced capabilities to the most advanced GPS satellites ever designed.
The federal government is rumoured to be nearing a decision about Ligado Networks’ request to repurpose its satellite frequencies to also support a ground-based telecom network. Those frequencies neighbour the band used by GPS.
Australian company Cohda Wireless has released a vehicle positioning system to eliminate GPS black spots in “urban canyons” between high-rise buildings.
India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 43rd flight (PSLV-C41), successfully launched the IRNSS-1I navigation satellite from the Sriharikota launch pad on Thursday morning.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Thursday 12 April launched the IRNSS-1I navigation satellite from Sriharikota in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh This the eighth such satellite to be a part of a constellation.
How ready are countries for autonomous vehicles? KPMG has issued a grade for 20 countries, in its recently-issued Autonomous Vehicles Readiness Index. Australia is one of the 20 … so how did we do?
Indoor localisation is challenging work using traditional location-based services such as GPS. Approaches for indoor position estimation have used radio-frequency (RF) signals including narrowband signals such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Australians are more sceptical about driverless cars than those in many other countries, with a new poll showing one in six would never use one.
When the wrangling finally ended and the funding bill for fiscal year 2018 was finally signed on March 23, the GPS program found itself with an unexpected plus-up of nearly $90 million to support both a new back-up system and work on military GPS receivers.
If you live in an urban area, you probably take the use of addresses for granted: odd numbers on one side, evens on the other, unit numbers where necessary.
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Google is insisting it has “no master plan” to harvest the mass of data that will be generated by its self-driving cars division.
As of 31 March 2018, all new car and light van models sold in the EU have to be fitted with eCall devices that automatically alert rescue services in the event of an accident, sending their position.
It was a rulemaking slog, one that some in the industry criticized as an example of typical Golden State overreach. But on Monday 2 April, after years of drafts, public comment sessions and revisions, California regulations allowing the testing and public use of fully driverless cars took effect... read more
China launched two more Beidou-3 satellites March 30, the seventh and eighth of the third phase of the Beidou system.
It’s been a long time coming, but Australia is finally going to have a Space Agency.
Adelaide-based nanosatellite startup Myriota has raised $15 million in capital, receiving backing from Boeing HorizonX ventures in their first investment outside the United States.The announcement represents a major windfall for Myriota amidst a crescendo of investment and attention on... read more
Anywhere on Earth, we take GPS for granted. Even when you land in a foreign country, your phone will always be able to tell you exactly where you are.In the space business, we use GPS too - it's just that useful.
When Uber decided in 2016 to retire its fleet of self-driving Ford Fusion cars in favour of Volvo sport utility vehicles, it also chose to scale back on one notable piece of technology: the safety sensors used to detect objects in the road.That decision resulted in a self-driving vehicle with... read more
The organisers of semi-autonomous car trials, which started in Sydney this week, have been quick to disassociate their technology from that used by Uber in a recent pedestrian fatality in the United States.
Amazon.com Inc. has patented autonomous delivery truck technology that could work with drones to deliver packages more quickly and efficiently.
Galileo’s initial services have been running for more than 15 months now, and signals from the satellites in space are routinely serving users all across the world. The functioning of Galileo is dependent on a global network of ground stations, its current extent shown in the map here.
The Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) has commenced work on a project aiming to improve the speed, safety and fuel consumption of Navy vessels.
The $1.1 million project will look to make the improvements through better use of unmanned aerial platforms.
An independent technical review published earlier this month found sufficient data in three government-conducted tests to assess the risk of using frequencies near the GPS band for a ground-based communications network — specifically, the one proposed by Ligado Networks.
The monolithic Ovation of the Seas megaliner has trialled Australasia’s Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) to dock precisely in Sydney Harbour.
The Position Location and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) is a biennial technical conference that occurs in the spring of even numbered years. This conference is jointly sponsored by the Aerospace and Electronics Systems Society (AESS), and the Institute of Navigation (ION).
The head of Google's pioneering self-driving car unit said his tech could "handle" a scenario that left an Arizona woman dead after she stepped into the street and was hit by an Uber car driving in autonomous mode.
The ESA/JRC International Summer School on GNSS is hosted this year by Austria from July 16-27, 2018 in Loipersdorf, Austria.
Following the tragic death of a woman in Arizona who was struck by a self-driving Uber in autonomous mode, questions have arisen over the other risks of connected cars. In particular, hacking.
Nearly all the major automotive companies have announced plans to bring self-driving cars to the market in the next decade. Likewise, many of the top tech companies are developing the essential underlying hardware, software, and systems, with giants like Google at the fore.
An independent technical review ordered by the federal government's top GPS policy body found that there is sufficient data to assess the risk of using frequencies near the GPS band for a ground-based communications network.
Positioning and navigation can be degraded in urban environments by multipath, and the error can increase considerably if not properly compensated.
Indra has been awarded a contract for implementing four new Uplink Stations (ULS), thus expanding the ground segment of the European global positioning system, Galileo.
The recent history of flying taxis, air taxis, passenger drones, flying cars — call them what you will — has model-by-model been a case of ‘it’s going to be up and running and in the air’ every year for about 10 years.
This incredible video released by Google's self-driving Waymo project reveals exactly what driverless cars can "see". The clip can be spun around 360-degrees to show the mind-blowing vision of the robo-car.
Wingtra has officially launched the WingtraOne PPK high-precision mapping drone. Wingtra said its drone, which features vertical take-off and landing, is designed to set a new benchmark for large-scale surveying and mapping applications.
The Ukrainian Space Agency has reportedly come up with an ambitious proposal to establish a spaceport some 11,500 km from home.
The emergence of inexpensive small unmanned aircraft systems (sUASs) has led to adversarial groups threatening deployed U.S.
Rio Tinto is expanding its autonomous haul truck operations to a fifth site in Western Australia this month, increasing the group’s autonomous fleet at its world-class iron ore operations in the Pilbara to 100 trucks later this year.
Satellite navigation systems (GNSS) have now been widely taken up by the public at large as a geolocation and guidance service, but the technology developed to date has a much wider potential use range.
The European space community is embracing its role as an enabler of unmanned technologies.
The 14th Munich Satellite Navigation Summit kicked off Monday 5 March with a champagne welcome and the opening of the exhibits at Alte Bayerrische Staatsbank (Old Bavarian State Bank), followed by an exciting opening plenary panel that featured updates on each of the GNSS systems.
Registration for the 4th Farming by Satellite Prize was officially opened at the conference “Agriculture: a new frontier for the European space policy” in the European Parliament on March 6.
It’s almost impossible to imagine in a country with such an attachment to individual car ownership, petrol vehicles and long distances like Australia. But in little more than a decade, the way we travel in cars may be completely different.
Mike Rogers, a key lawmaker in military space policy, appears willing to stick with the current program to build a more capable and cyber-secure GPS ground system despite his profound frustration with schedule delays and cost overruns and a recently revealed report from MITRE Corp.
The IGS Central Bureau is happy to announce that the 2017 Strategic Plan is now available for viewing and download. In addition to its many technical projects and initiatives, the IGS seeks to sustainably maintain and develop the IGS organisation and continuously improve its management.
With the changes to Victoria’s Road Safety Act, individuals or organisations can apply to VicRoads to run on-road trials of automated vehicles. For initial trials the new laws require a human to monitor the vehicle, from either inside the vehicle, or remotely.
With the changes to Victoria’s Road Safety Act, individuals or organisations can apply to VicRoads to run on-road trials of automated vehicles. For initial trials the new laws require a human to monitor the vehicle, from either inside the vehicle, or remotely.
On any given day, there could be half a dozen autonomous cars mapping the same street corner in Silicon Valley.
The cellular 5G standard has been designed to target latencies under one millisecond, data rates of up to ten gigabits per second, extremely high network reliability, and better accuracy in positioning.
On 22 September 2017, Sydney Airport became the first organisation to introduce indoor Baidu Maps outside of greater China. Up until now, the app has been dedicated to providing navigation at shopping centres and other public venues within China.
Congress is in the midst of a confusing multi-budget-year scramble to fund the government for fiscal year 2018 - which is now nearly half over - while taking into account additional monies made available in a budget deal signed February 9 and keeping an eye on the deficit ballooning from that... read more
iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre’s first research project will be the safety evaluation and user perception study of Australia’s largest on-road testing trial of cooperative vehicles and infrastructure.
Audi had previously announced it is ready to sell the world’s first Level 3 autonomous car, their A8 luxury saloon.
The military is always looking at new techniques and technology for deriving position and, it seems, every few years signals of opportunity (SOOP) becomes fashionable again. In broad terms, SOOP refers to the use of any signals for navigation, which are not normally intended for navigation.
A European collaboration involving clock experts from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB) and the Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM) has used one of the world's transportable optical atomic clocks to measure gravitation for the... read more
The Pentagon plans to spend $2 billion over the next five years on a new constellation of GPS satellites that will be hardened to withstand electronic interference from hostile nations.
Twenty-five years of satellite data prove climate models are correct in predicting that sea levels will rise at an increasing rate.
China continues to update the BeiDou navigation satellite system. On Feb.
The Pentagon and Israel's Defense Ministry have launched 'Urban Navigation Challenge', a startup competition to create advanced 'counter-terror' navigation systems which don't use GPS.
Australian data innovation group, CSIRO’s Data61, has partnered with Chinese company ZongMu Technology to tackle one of the biggest issues facing autonomous vehicles.
In an effort to alleviate the GPS positioning problem in both urban and mountainous areas of Japan, the Japanese government has developed the Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS).
In deep space, accurate timekeeping is vital to navigation, but many spacecraft lack precise timepieces on board. For 20 years, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, has been perfecting a clock. It's not a wristwatch; not something you could buy at a store.
Elon Musk is not a fan of LIDAR, the laser sensor that most tech and car companies see as an essential component for self-driving cars. Musk reiterated his dislike of LIDAR and defended Tesla’s strategy of achieving “full autonomy” using only cameras, radar, and ultrasonic sensors.
Trimble has introduced its next-generation GNSS reference receiver for real-time network (RTN) applications: the Trimble Alloy GNSS reference receiver.
The organising Institute of Space Technology and Space Applications (ISTA) of the Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen will invite experts from all over the world to talk about the latest news on Positioning, Navigation and Timing and their role for future autonomy.
The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and Israel’s Ministry of Defense are joining forces for the third time in setting up a startup competition to tap into new technologies to beat terrorism.
Australian technology used in bionic eyes — that improve sight for humans with vision impairment — could be the breakthrough that enables autonomous cars of the future to detect tricky traffic situations, the CSIRO claims.
Today automotive radar systems are shortsighted. And they lack the resolution to distinguish objects close to the vehicle, while discarded drink cans and other metallic objects can cause false alarms that increase the risk of accidents.
How do you get someone to pay hundreds of dollars for an inferior product, when most people already have a better one in their pocket?
The Galileo satellite navigation system, Europe's rival to the United States' GPS, has nearly 100 million users after its first year of operation, the French space agency CNES said Thursday 1 February.
Korean technology and capital will build its own global positioning system (GPS) which Korea has used by fully depending on advanced countries such as the United States.
Experts who studied GNSS vulnerabilities for the British government recommended GNSS receiver standards, the possible banning of jammers and the establishment of a terrestrial backup in case satellite navigation is disrupted.
China has accomplished its first successful Lunar Laser Ranging (LLR), with a 1.2-metre telescope laser ranging system.
An interactive map posted on the internet that shows the whereabouts of people who use fitness devices such as Fitbit also reveals highly sensitive information about the location and activities of soldiers at US military bases, in what appears to be a major security oversight.
The European Space Agency (ESA) held its annual Navigation Days on Jan. 26. ESA navigation specialists met with guests from the European Commission, European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency and European space companies at ESA’s technical centre in the Netherlands.
Apple has expanded its fleet of self-driving cars in California, registering an additional two dozen vehicles with the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles. It’s a significant expansion for a company that has been seen as lagging in the race to build self-driving cars.
All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high altitudes.
Autonomous vehicles have taken the world by storm and the pace of development of AVs has been tremendous. It’s no more a question on whether autonomous vehicles will be reality but when all road vehicles become fully autonomous.
What do a 1930’s Hollywood star and the inventor of spread-spectrum communications have in common? They are one and the same.
Aerospace company Rocket Lab said Sunday 21 January it had successfully fired a rocket into orbit for the first time from its New Zealand launch base. "Electron is orbital. Successful payload deployment," the company tweeted.
The software-defined radio (SDR) has an infinite number of interpretations depending on the context for which it is designed and used.
A security centre for the European Union’s Galileo satellite system will be moved from the United Kingdom to Spain as a result of Brexit, according to numerous press reports.
Volvo Buses and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have signed a cooperation agreement on a research and development program for autonomous electric buses.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is drawing up contingency plans for projects, commercial deals, and staffing that may be adversely affected by Brexit, senior officials said Wednesday 17 January.
GPS firms are concerned about a proposal by another L band satellite firm to build more ground terminals as part of a combined satellite-ground communication network.
We expect that for professional applications that need precision positions, a dedicated system that employs a custom GNSS chipset and purpose-built applications will continue to be the right solution.
Last year, the company that arguably made the biggest splash at the North American International Auto Show wasn’t even a company that made cars.
In the coming months, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) may allow high-powered, ground-based, communication transmitters to broadcast at a frequency near GPS L1. U.S.
A newly published White Paper provides developers with in-depth information on accessing and using GNSS raw measurements with Android, to implement advanced GNSS techniques in mass-market devices.
A newly published White Paper provides developers with in-depth information on accessing and using GNSS raw measurements with Android, to implement advanced GNSS techniques in mass-market devices.
China on Friday 10 January sent twin satellites into space on a single carrier rocket to help its BeiDou system provide navigation and positioning services to countries along the Belt and Road by late 2018.
Policymakers around the world are looking for ways to make our cities and communities more liveable. Dealing with traffic congestion is one of their top priorities.
Russia's defence ministry on Thursday 11 January said it was concerned about the threat of drones used "for terrorist purposes" following recent attacks on Moscow's bases in Syria.
Suspected meddling with satellite navigation systems in Moscow has caused confusion on the roads. Taxi users are facing inflated fares because their position has been wrongly located thousands of miles away.
The upcoming annual conference sponsored by the IGNSS Society will take a close look at autonomy and provide GNSS constellation updates.
BlackBerry Limited and Baidu Inc. are collaborating to accelerate the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicle technology for automotive OEMs and suppliers worldwide.
Robert Bosch and Continental, two of the world’s biggest automotive suppliers, are each buying a 5% stake in location and digital mapping specialist HERE. The two German companies are buying their stakes from HERE’s main owners, premium car makers Audi, BMW and Daimler.
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have demonstrated that quantum physics might enable communications and mapping in locations where GPS and ordinary cellphones and radios don't work reliably or even at all, such as indoors, in urban canyons, underwater and... read more
Volvo has promised to deliver a driverless car in three years that will offer full Level 4 autonomy but it’s not going to be ready for Australian roads.
A pair of advanced U.S./German Earth research satellites with some very big shoes to fill is now at California's Vandenberg Air Force Base to begin final preparations for launch next spring.
Phil Falcone's Harbinger Capital is seeking $2 billion in damages for "massive fraud" alleging that Apollo Global Management and others sold it on a plan to launch a terrestrial broadband network while concealing test results showing the network would cause crippling GPS interference and be... read more
There are now 45 companies testing self-driving vehicles on Californian soil, mostly in the Bay Area—a place known for having T-shirt weather nine months out of the year.
On the strength of better sensors and software, automakers will speed the development of self-driving vehicle technology in 2018, reaching milestones that experts hadn’t anticipated so soon.
Senate lawmakers have introduced a bi-partisan bill giving the Department of Transportation (DoT) responsibility for launching a GPS timing backup and a two-year deadline to get it up and running.
Australians are on the move and they’re all heading north – even though the vast majority won’t realise it.
The first advanced GPS III satellite successfully established remote connectivity and communicated with the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX), further validating the U.S. Air Force's modernised GPS is ready to launch its first satellite.
Loss of water from the rocks of California's Sierra Nevada caused the mountain range to rise 24 millimetres in height during the drought years from October 2011 to October 2015, a new NASA study finds.
On Dec. 12, four more Galileo satellites headed into space to join the navigation constellation. Galileos 19–22 lifted off aboard an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, at 18:36 UTC (19:36 CET, 15:36 local time).
A bold Australian startup is developing retro-styled, manned flying vehicles designed with one objective in mind: aerial competition.
A fledgling lidar startup is launching out of stealth today 11 December 2018, backed by more than $30 million in investors’ money. San Francisco-based Ouster has officially unveiled its OS1 lidar, which it said represents a “step-change in lidar sensing technology” compared to what is currently... read more
When you stare through the windshield of your car, you don’t see the world the same way a dash cam does. What you see is being warped by the inner workings of your brain, prioritising detail at the centre of the scene while keeping attention on the peripheries to spot danger.
As one of the four major GNSS providers, the establishment of BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has been steadily developed, following a three-step strategy.
The European Navigation Conference (ENC) is the premier conference in Europe in the fields of positioning, navigation and timing, with special emphasis on the European Galileo and EGNOS. The ENC will be held May 14-17 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Aerospace startup company Rocket Lab have delayed plans to launch its Electron rocket until Friday 8 December. The new window will open at 1:30 in the afternoon on Saturday in New Zealand. Officials said the launch was delayed because they needed more time.
Anheuser-Busch today (7 December) announced it has placed an order for 40 Tesla semi-trucks as part of a company-wide strategy to employ cutting-edge technology to reduce the environmental impact and increase the efficiency of its operations.
Audi has been exhibiting an innovative pre-development project that uses a mono camera and neural networks to generate an extremely precise 3D model of a vehicle’s environment, at the world’s most important symposium for artificial intelligence (AI) in Long Beach, California.
This year has marked the 35th anniversary of the first GLONASS launch. During these years, the world has made great strides through high tech, and now no modern society can progress without satellite-based navigation.
Google has publicly released GNSS Analysis app v184.108.40.206 with advanced processing and analysis tools for raw GNSS measurements retrieved from Android devices. The primary intent of these tools is to enable device manufacturers to see in detail how well the GNSS receivers are working in each... read more
In May 2014, China Satellite Navigation Office and the Office of Space and Advanced Technology, U.S. Department of State, jointly established the U.S.-China Civil GNSS Cooperation Dialogue, a bilateral government-to-government mechanism to promote cooperation between the U.S.
The year of the planned update of the U.S. national spatial reference system, 2022, looms large on the horizon and is being anticipated by the geospatial communities with both anxiety and excitement. The question, “Why is the U.S.
Spoofing — the generation of false and misleading GPS signals by “bad actors” — is becoming an increasing problem for all GPS users, and surveyors just as much as everyone else should be knowledgeable and take countermeasures.
The most discussed theme in the U.S. Air Force space community over the last year has been “resiliency.” But what does that actually mean, and how can the Air Force increase resiliency in space?
Perth is set to become the first Australian city, and one of the first places in the world, to trial on-demand driverless cars capable of picking up passengers.
This week, the Australian government released three reports to help chart the future of Australia’s space industry.
TomTom, Elektrobit Automotive and the Traveller Information Services Association (TISA), have founded the Open-LR e.V. Association in order to secure the future of the royalty-free, OpenLR Standard for dynamic location referencing.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is considering extending its activities to a new region of the sky via a novel type of aerial vehicle, a missing link between drones and satellites.
The University of New South Wales Canberra has successfully launched its first CubeSat into orbit, currently testing the satellite ahead of its full operation next year.
The U.S. Air Force’s third GPS III satellite in production flow at Lockheed Martin’s advanced satellite manufacturing facility in Denver is now fully integrated into a complete space vehicle.
The Ariane 5 for Arianespace’s Dec.
Ainslie Primary School kids were the first to try out a driverless shuttle bus in Canberra yesterday, as the city got an early look at its automated future.
HMI Technologies launched on 12 November the third trial of its driverless shuttle bus, at the Bundoora campus of Melbourne’s La Trobe University. HMI’s previous two trial spots were Auckland and Sydney, so this will be Victoria’s first real look at the vehicle.
The first in a slew of South Australian government funded autonomous transport trials is due to commence in Adelaide next week.
Driverless buses will appear on some ‘quiet’ roads in Singapore from 2022 as part of plans to improve mobility in the land-scarce city-state, its transport minister has announced.
Ongoing discussions between stakeholders of the Galileo Programme have outlined the opportunity to consider offering the High Accuracy Commercial Service (HA CS) to all interested users on a free of charge basis, with content and format of data publicly and openly available on a global... read more
On a quiet road next to the busy Bordeaux beltway, a huddle of policemen watch as a drone climbs into the sky to fix its glass eye on the main road. On the ground, police captain Pascal Gensous scrutinises the images it sends down to the monitor.
A critical part of Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) Connected Automated Vehicles (CAV) is accurate positioning of vehicles.
SBAS L1 legacy, Dual Frequency Multi Constellation (DFMC) and PPP (over L1 and over L5) signals are being broadcast across the Australia and New Zealand region until 31 January 2019.
Uber is pushing to become the world’s next airline — without buying any planes.
Instead, the company believes that a fleet of flying cars could solve the dilemma of daily commutes to work and between meetings in increasingly congested cities.
Harris Corporation has completed development of the company's fully digital Mission Data Unit (MDU), which is at the heart of its navigation payload for Lockheed Martin's GPS III satellites 11 and beyond.
A French autonomous car maker trialling its technology in Western Australia has pulled the wraps off a taxi it hopes will soon be plying the world’s roads.
New, ultra-accurate rubidium atomic clocks on board two BeiDou-3 satellites launched into space Sunday 5 November have greatly improved the accuracy of the system. The two satellites are equipped with more reliable rubidium atomic timekeepers than those in previous BeiDou satellites.
You may have seen augmented reality navigation before, but the arrival of AR-native frameworks is making it considerable slicker and more accessible. Case in point: Blippar.
There’s one thing that will determine the true success of autonomous cars, and that’s data. More specifically, location data.
China has launched the first of its most powerful generation of navigational satellites as part of efforts to expand the global reach of its rival to GPS and to cut reliance on overseas systems.
One professor who studies the Earth and one who studies space came together in the pursuit to detect and define dark matter. They are one step closer.
China’s BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) is outpacing GPS in its home market of China, and expanding rapidly in Southeast Asia.
On Oct. 12, 1982, the Soviet Union launched the first GLONASS satellite.
On Oct. 12, 1982, the Soviet Union launched the first GLONASS satellite.
The most important information for a connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) is its location. Accurate vehicle positioning is vital to CAV and V2X applications. Cohda Wireless introduces a new way to ensure accuracy: the new V2XLocate, debuting at ITS World Congress.
After more than 15 productive years in orbit, the U.S./German GRACE (Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment) satellite mission has ended science operations.
Melbourne-born Kentley-Klay had only recently arrived in “the Valley”. He was on a tourist visa, moving between Airbnbs, and sneaking into a garage workspace at Stanford University without the right security pass.
German railway company Deutsche Bahn has introduced an autonomous bus to drive passengers along a pre-programmed route in Bavaria. In case of an emergency, a human driver can take control with a joystick.
The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Industry, Innovation, Science and Resources has recommended that Federal Government join forces with state governments and local councils to fund trials of automated vehicles with a public transport application in urban and regional areas
Currently, the MSC PSA European Terminal (MPET) in Antwerp, Belgium, is moving its operations from the Delwaidedock on the right bank of the river Schelde to the Deurganckdock on the left bank. In this context, this terminal is being expanded to a throughput capacity of 9 million TEUs annually... read more
Two more Galileo satellites have reached Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana, joining the first pair of navigation satellites and the Ariane 5 rocket due to haul the quartet to orbit this December.
Spurious signals in the Black Sea have repeatedly placed seagoing vessels, according to their navigation systems, on the site of an airport hundreds of miles from their true positions.
NASA has selected United Launch Services LLC of Centennial, Colorado, to provide launch services for the Landsat 9 mission.
Apple’s Project Titan may have hit a few rough patches over the years, but the tech giant isn’t giving up on automated transportation.
In support of CAL FIRE’s firefighting efforts in Northern California, the California Air National Guard’s 163d Attack Wing operating out of March Air Reserve Base is using MQ-9 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs) with full-motion video (optical and infrared) and ground imaging Synthetic Aperture... read more
The voting ballot for the awards was assembled by polling a group of roughly 25 industry VIPs for their nominations, and that same group plus another 40 voted for the final recipients.
Nvidia may be best known for its computer graphics cards, but its new supercomputer chip may one day be a car's brain—and in the not-too-distant future to boot.
Continued vigour across all sectors of the positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) industry as well as in its many diverse markets characterise the feedback we received to the online survey that produced the results you see here in the 2017 State of the GNSS Industry Report.
LIDAR does with light what radar does with high frequency radio waves. Both allow machines to detect the environment around them in a way that human eyes and ears cannot.
When a platform’s mission requires maneuvring among different environments, transitions between these environments may mean that a single method cannot solve the full positioning, navigation and mapping problem.
The U.S. Air Force has given their final acceptance approval to Lockheed Martin's GPS III satellite, the company announced on Tuesday.
In the Industrial Revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, new technology such as steam-powered transportation and machines transformed the economy and the structure of society.
Starting around 10 am, numerous smartphones began exhibiting abnormal behaviour. Some phones showed no effect while others were profoundly impacted to the point where texting, email, etc., would not work. All phones did retain the ability to operate in voice modes.
Japan just fulfilled a key part of its space ambitions -- and it'll have important ramifications for everything from self-driving cars to self-defence.
The cars that should be wearing L-Plates.
General Motors has been testing a fleet of over 120 autonomous vehicles across three US cities with positive results as they learn to drive by themselves.
A small Sydney technology company will face off against fast food giant Domino’s Pizza Enterprises in the Federal Court next month in what has been dubbed the intellectual property case of the decade.
The vulnerability of GNSS to various forms of malicious interference have been widely discussed in recent years, and have considered a wide range of both real and potential attacks.
Australia is constantly reviewing its police pursuit policies, particularly following tragedies such as the Bourke St mall event that resulted in the deaths of six bystanders and the injuring of dozens more in Melbourne in January 2017. GPS technology may offer a unique solution.
New Zealand Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce on Wednesday 27 September opened New Zealand's first orbital launch site, Rocket Lab Launch Complex 1, on the Mahia Peninsula on the North Island's east coast.
In-car navigation before GPS satellites — that’s just one of the legacies of Stan Honey, who discussed his life and career during his keynote speech at the ION GNSS+ 2017, held Sept. 26-29 in Portland, Oregon.
The federal government has announced that it will establish a new national agency to grow Australia's domestic space industry.
On Monday 25 September Australia woke to learn that it would be getting its own national space agency.
Australia – for the first time - will soon have the power to task an Earth imaging satellite in orbit. We’ll be able to collect imagery where we need it, and downlink the data directly into Australian ground stations.
Spirent Communications plc, a leader in Galileo, GPS and other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) testing solutions, this week announced a partnership with Cranfield University, a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.
The South Australian government says it wants to capitalise on the fast-growing multi-billion-dollar business around space, announcing the creation of a South Australian Space Industry Centre.
L5 is the coming second frequency for not only GPS, but also Galileo (E5a). Even the Indian IRNSS system and Japanese QZSS both use the L5 frequency.
L5 is the coming second frequency for not only GPS, but also Galileo (E5a). Even the Indian IRNSS system and Japanese QZSS both use the L5 frequency.
An independent report into allegations of water theft and corruption in the Murray-Darling Basin has recommended fundamental reforms to the system.
Navigating the globe was once done using the sun, moon and stars as references, but modern times bring modern methods, and the majority of the world now relies on GPS — or another GNSS — for its navigation needs. But what happens when GPS isn’t available?
The new features of the latest iPhone, launched on September 13, include built-in support for the European Galileo satellite system, among other GNSS.
China's home-grown BeiDou Navigation Satellite System will cover countries and regions along the Belt and Road by 2018, said an official at the China National Space Administration (CNSA) Monday 18 September.
The US Institute of Navigation’s GNSS Software Defined Radio Metadata Standard working group is seeking public comment on the standard through Dec. 31.
A GNSS receiver that can supply raw pseudorange and carrier-phase measurements now costs only a few hundred dollars, and in this month’s column, a couple of researchers from Down Under pit a couple of these receivers up against a couple of survey-grade receivers.
A GNSS receiver that can supply raw pseudorange and carrier-phase measurements now costs only a few hundred dollars, and in this month’s column, a couple of researchers from Down Under pit a couple of these receivers up against a couple of survey-grade receivers.
Over the past few years, the game and the business of sports has changed exponentially. It is not about winning or losing anymore but about the statistical and geographical analysis and the planning of future game strategies accordingly.
Arianespace will launch four new satellites for the Galileo constellation, using two Ariane 62 versions of the next-generation Ariane 6 rocket from the Guiana Space Center in French Guiana.
The Industry, Innovations, Science and Resources Committee on 13 September tabled its report into the social issues relating to land-based driverless vehicles in Australia.
Early this summer, news out of Japan announced a significant step toward providing a boost to the accuracy and reception of the existing GPS in Japan and to delivering a better positioning reading for the people in that country.
When Tesla CEO Elon Musk took the stage at TED this April, he said something that has been playing over and over in my mind ever since:
Hurricane Harvey is the first major catastrophe in which drones have been used on a large scale by both government and commercial operators, said Ken Long, an analyst at the Freedonia Group.
Digital maps that dodge traffic jams are saving time for millions of motorists, but they're also turning some neighbourhood streets into headache-inducing escape routes from congested highways.
The last of 22 Galileo satellites has departed the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Test Centre in the Netherlands. This concludes the single longest and largest scale test campaign in the establishment’s history, ESA said.
Steve Silverman helped build cameras for two NASA rovers that went to Mars. In the less exotic landscape of a Google parking lot, he looks up fondly at his latest creation, bolted onto the roof of a Hyundai hatchback.
NASA has invited accredited education institutions, nonprofit organisations, and NASA centers to submit applications for the agency's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). Applicants must submit proposals by November 21. Educational CubeSats often carry Amateur Radio payloads.
Ground forces may soon be getting a new tool to find their way around hostile territory.
Accurate representation and 3D reconstruction of the environment using both active and passive remote sensing systems has become essential for non-traditional mapping applications.
Drones will become the most disruptive technology in human history, American futurist Thomas Frey says, predicting that by the year 2030, there will be one billion drones in the world doing things people cannot yet imagine.
What technical and business challenges are getting your attention this year? How are you driving business in today’s economy? What issues are you concerned about? What solutions hold the most promise for positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) in challenged and indoor environments — regardless... read more
Richard Langley, GPS World Innovation editor and professor in the Department of Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering at the University of New Brunswick (UNB), provides this frequently updated chart.
Ford and Domino’s Pizza are teaming up to test self-driving pizza delivery cars in Michigan, as part of an effort to better understand how customers respond to and interact with autonomous vehicles.
Congratulations to Narelle Underwood, NSW Surveyor General and Director of Survey Operations, on winning the Maria Skyllas-Kazacos Young Professional Award for Outstanding Achievement at the UNSW Women in Engineers Awards ceremony on Thursday 17 August.
Protecting people rather than property or animals will be the priority under pioneering new German legal guidelines for the operation of driverless cars, the transport ministry said on Wednesday.
Radio frequency ID tags were supposed to revolutionise supply chain management.
The second satellite of Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) has started transmitting navigation signals. QZS-2, or Michibiki-2, was launched on June 1, 2017, and joins its predecessor QZS-1 (Michibiki-1), which has been in orbit since September 2010.
Early in July the Inter-site links between the two Galileo Ground Control Centres in Oberpfaffenhofen (Germany) and Fucino (Italy) were declared fully functional and approved for use by the Galileo Security Accreditation Board.
The Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) has released a comprehensive report on the monetary value of spatial services to industries across the state of New South Wales (NSW).
Japan on 19 August launched the third satellite in its effort to build a homegrown geolocation system aimed at improving the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps to mere centimetres.
New, next-generation positioning technology is on the verge of revolutionising a range of industries – and it’s being tested in our own backyard.
This past week marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of a revolutionary ocean research vessel - a space "ship." As the NASA/CNES Topex-Poseidon satellite ascended into orbit, it ushered in a new era of oceanography with the first highly accurate, global measurements of sea levels.
Another set of driverless vehicles trials are set to begin later this month, this time on Transurban’s Melbourne network.
Three of six new Lockheed Martin developed, state-of-the-art receivers are now deployed to help the U.S. Air Force maintain the accuracy of GPS satellite signals.
When you consider the impact of telematics, electric vehicles, the sharing economy, autonomous vehicles and new modes of transportation you start to see that these developments are not just science fiction. They are becoming science reality.
One million driverless cars will be on Australian roads by 2035 and people could access the vehicles under a Netflix-styled subscription service, according to a report from motoring body NRMA.
Bosch, Geo++, Mitsubishi Electric and u-blox have announced the creation of Sapcorda Services GmbH, a joint venture that will bring high precision GNSS positioning services to mass market applications.
NASA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a satellite laser ranging station about 1000km from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, improve the efficiency of marine transportation and help track changes in ice sheets.
Preliminary construction is underway on a new, $350 million Lockheed Martin facility that will produce next-generation satellites.
The push for establishing an Australian Space Agency continues to intensify. Ahead of Australia hosting one of the largest space industry events, The International Astronautical Congress, the Australian Government is calling on ideas for how to evolve the nation’s space industry.
Workers at Sydney's Olympic Park will be among the first to use a driverless shuttle bus as part of a two-year trial of autonomous vehicles launched by the state government.
Add at least nine more months of delays before the U.S.
Each Galileo satellite must go through a rigorous test campaign to assure its readiness for the violence of launch, the vacuum of space, and temperature extremes of Earth orbit, reported the European Space Agency.
We’ve gone drone-crazy. From pizza deliveries to rescue operations, unmanned aerial vehicles are doing it all, and more and more businesses are using them to supplement their services.
South Korea and the United States plan to hold a joint military drill next month against a possible North Korean jamming attack of GPS signals.
Australian tech firm Cohda Wireless has trialled its vehicle-to-pedestrian (V2P) technology on city streets for the first time.
The technology was originally designed to allow cars and motorcycles to avoid collusions by talking to each other.
Integrations of MEMS sensors with signal conditioning and radio communications form “motes” with extremely low-cost and low-power requirements and miniaturized form factor.
Numerous survey and mapping agencies in Asia and the Pacific are modernising their geospatial reference systems (GRSs).
Precision farming is set to become even more precise with a new camera drawing on satellite imaging. Thanks to research with ESA on new cameras, hyperspectral cameras flying on drones are now able to see details as small as 4-5 cm.
The European Space Agency (ESA) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are conducting a joint GPS/Galileo space receiver experiment onboard the International Space Station (ISS).
This has been a productive year so far for Australia in terms of GPS breakthroughs, but plans are in place for the country to continue to make big strides in GPS technology and precise positioning programs.
Landsat is a name congruous with earth observation.
Russia and China are set to establish a pilot zone to test the Russian GLONASS and Chinese BeiDou satellite navigation systems on passenger and freight transportation routes going through Kraskino - Hunchun and Poltavka - Dongning checkpoints on the border in Russia's Primorsky Territory, the... read more
The world’s most extensive study of a major storm front striking the coast has revealed a previously unrecognised danger from climate change: as storm patterns fluctuate, waterfront areas once thought safe are likely to be hammered and damaged as never before.
You’ve probably been here before: You’re using your phone’s GPS to drive around Boston’s confusing network of roads and highways, and you enter a tunnel.
Australia officially has its first GPS infrastructure in space, according to the nation’s Minister for Defence Industry, Christopher Pyne.
With the help of Uber and Lyft drivers, the twentysomethings behind lvl5 are making detailed maps they say can compete with those of Google and BMW.
Scott Pace, a grand master of space policy with particular expertise in satellite navigation, has been chosen by the White House to be executive secretary of the newly revived and potentially powerful National Space Council.
As auto makers such as General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. along with tech companies including Google and Apple Inc. rush to develop self-driving vehicles or the software behind them, the world's largest auto market--China--is creating roadblocks.
Over the last few months, a chunk of Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf has been hanging on precariously as a deep crack cut across the ice.
Australia is bludging off the rest of the world when it comes to space. That is the argument from proponents of Australia having its own space agency.
An apparent mass and blatant, GPS spoofing attack involving over 20 vessels in the Black Sea last month has navigation experts and maritime executives scratching their heads.
The nation's leading GPS experts said in a newly released letter that a controversial broadband network would still interfere significantly with GPS receivers despite revisions to the network plan.
Icebergs breaking off Antarctica, even massive ones, do not typically concern glaciologists. But the impending birth of a new massive iceberg could be more than business as usual for the frozen continent.
In an Australian first, tertiary students can now gain commercial drone licences at Charles Darwin University as part of their degrees.
After a massive Locate17, next year’s national spatial and surveying conference plans to become even bigger and bring more international guests and presenters.
As home to over 600 million inhabitants, many technically skilled experts in the area of satellite technology, and a fast-growing economy, South East Asia is a hotspot for global business – and GNSS is no exception.
Investigators have uncovered the problems behind the failure of atomic clocks onboard satellites belonging to the beleaguered Galileo satnav system, the European Commission said Monday 3 July.
The UK’s first trials of an autonomous CargoPod vehicle have started in the Royal Borough of Greenwich.
The real world trials see the self-driving delivery vehicle operating in a residential environment, delivering grocery orders to over one hundred customers.
India's native navigation system has developed serious problems with four atomic clocks on the six satellites facing unexplained errors. With these, a total seven out of 21 clocks onboard have shown some difficulties.
In a specialised cleanroom designed to streamline satellite production, Lockheed Martin is in full production building GPS III - the world's most powerful GPS satellites.
The very first InSAR results using the new Sentinel-1 satellite over Australia have recently been published.
When someone utters the words “I’m nearly perfect,” get on your toes. Such self-appraisal usually masks something. It could be insecurity, denial, ignorance or simply fear. At the very least, some level of illusion, if not delusion, is involved.
Google’s annual developers conference in May, Google I/O, featured many announcements, accomplishments and 2017 plans.
Two Australian satellites, feared lost after being deployed from the International Space Station, have been recovered by UNSW engineers after weeks of a fraught, and at times heart-stopping, recovery operation.
Emergency services will soon be able to use GPS to find a Triple Zero caller on a mobile phone.
Radio signal confirms INSPIRE-2 is alive in space.
Around-the-clock detective work, expanding the search to an increasingly international group of volunteers and decoding at our ground station has confirmed Australia's successful return to the space race.
The European Space Agency signed a contract with a German-British consortium Thursday to build eight more satellites for its Galileo satnav system, an alternative to America's GPS, the agency said Thursday 22 June.
The Springer Handbook of Global Navigation Satellite Systems is now available.
Australia’s federal government has announced that AU$500 million will be put towards improving Australia’s space-based intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.
The U.S. Air Force released two technical reports demonstrating that the Global Positioning System (GPS) continues to deliver exceptional performance to civilian users around the world. GPS is a U.S.
The White House is asking Congress to boost overall funding for the GPS program back over $1 billion, with the largest infusion of new money earmarked to cover the cost growth of the Next Generation Operational Control System (OCX).
The Precise Service System of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) has been used in creating 317 smart cities in China, according to the Smart BDS Precise Application Summit opened on Monday 12 June.
Read about all about the GNSS products in this guide from "GPS World".
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Travellers in Adelaide may soon be able to catch a driverless airport shuttle and students will be able to book a self-driving shuttle around Flinders University.
Scientists from Geoscience Australia have released new software that will improve the ability to process large, remotely sensed satellite datasets.
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), including Galileo, play a key role in the Internet of Things. Information on positioning, velocity and timing is driving growth in a wide array of context-aware applications, from drones and driverless cars, to asset tracking.
On 20 May, over a million tonnes of dirt and rock buried part of California’s Highway 1 along the Pacific coastline in the state’s Big Sur region. In addition to cutting off the route, the landslide added some 5 hectares of land to the shoreline.
Two of Australia’s leading satellite firms are leading calls for the creation of an Australian space agency, with Speedcast and Fleet declaring the time is right for the government to back the fast-growing industry.
An autonomous 3D mapping drone that slashes surveying times from weeks to hours has the potential to save lives and cut costs in many industries, according to the team behind an innovative new platform.
The future of autonomous flight is certainly looking up for one University of Calgary researcher, nearing completion on what's expected to be the next generation in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology.
Two further satellites have formally become part of Europe's Galileo satnav system, broadcasting timing and navigation signals worldwide while also picking up distress calls across the planet.
Before thousands of drones hit the skies to make widespread package delivery a reality, there’s going to have to be some kind of air traffic control system to make sure drones can fly autonomously without colliding into each other.
ESA has signed a contract with Thales Alenia Space for an upgrade of Europe’s EGNOS satellite navigation augmentation system, which underpins the safety-critical use of satnav across the continent.
Once fully operational, the new Digital Earth Australia service will be a world first national data service for satellite imagery.
If self-driving cars are really the future of transportation, they need to mimic humans’ basic mental skills: knowing to stop at a stop sign, or turn left in a left-only lane.
Europe’s Galileo satellite navigation system has undergone its first performance report since it started work at the end of last year, and it passed with flying colors, said the European Space Agency.
Apple Maps is heading for the great indoors.
Japan successfully launched a satellite Thursday 31 May as part of a broader effort to build a homegrown geolocation system that boosts the accuracy of car navigation systems and smartphone maps to mere centimetres.
In 2013, Professor Todd Humphries of the University of Texas made news by demonstrating how he could “takeover” navigation of a large yacht by co-opting its navigation system with false GPS signals.
Would you believe it has already been 10 years that Google’s Street View has been dishing out some pretty amazing, weird and funny imagery of the world around us?
DESPITE ploughing billions globally into the new technology, the boss of Ford's local operation has admitted that Australians are "not ready" for driverless cars and it will be a struggle to persuade them to buy new vehicles.
Australian and New Zealand have come one step closer towards enabling wide-scale adoption of automated vehicles.
The first Australian satellite in 15 years, UNSW-EC0, was successfully deployed from the International Space Station, but the UNSW engineers who built it were unable to establish contact when it made its first pass above Sydney.
Accurately pinpointing a location with a global positioning system (GPS) can only be done relative to Earth’s centre.
To coincide with its major presence at this year’s CeBIT Australia conference, the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) has released two key thought-leadership papers on parking and transport planning opportunities that will come from driverless vehicle technology.
To coincide with its red-carpet presence at this week’s CeBIT Australia conference in Sydney, the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) has released two key thought-leadership papers on parking and transport planning opportunities from driverless vehicle technology.
RADAR technology initially developed for use in driverless cars has been adapted for motorcycles.
A private New Zealand-based company joined the exclusive space-race club on Thursday with the successful launch of a Rocket Lab test craft named Electron.
A set of national guidelines to support trials of automated vehicles on Australian roads has been published, in a first regulatory step towards the commercial deployment of “driverless” cars, and an era of new mobility.
It might not be in the top 10 of the most important inventions of all time, but Time magazine rated it among the most important developments of the 20th century, listing it fifth after the automobile, the radio, the television and the transistor.
Apple has been reportedly testing its self-driving car software over the last few weeks. Now, a new video has surfaced showing one of Apple’s most recent tests. The technology should provide the company several business opportunities with car makers once it’s fully developed.
Thanks to the market insight and funding provided by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), G-MOTIT, an electric scooter sharing service, is rapidly expanding its market share in both Barcelona and Europe – with its eyes set on Latin America.
Raytheon Company has launched its GEO 6 satellite payload into orbit for its 12-year mission.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, recently announced that its newest flagship smartphones are Galileo-enabled.
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.
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.
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.
GPS usually works great outdoors, but what if you’re disoriented in a large building such as a museum or a mall?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A program designed to test instant, accurate and reliable positioning technology will receive funding from the federal government.
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.
This will be the first time an autonomous vehicle will be used as a transport solution in Australia.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.