Apple takes business for highly accurate positioning over




Apple has acquired Coherent Navigation, a US company specializing in location determination with a claimed accuracy of a few centimeters. The company deploys commercial satellites in low orbit to Earth.

Apple announced the acquisition of Coherent Navigation at The New York Times in veiled terms confirmed by the statement that takes over the often small businesses. MacRumors came first with the news of the acquisition. Founded in 2008, Coherent focuses on a system called High Integrity GPS or iGPS. This company combines the signals from GPS satellites of the Iridium communication satellites. This would enable a more precise positioning, within a few centimeters, and it would promote signal integrity.

Coherent Navigation is working with Boeing and focuses on applications include defense. It is not clear how the technology is used for consumer applications nor is it known where Apple is going to use it. Recently, many employees of Coherent Apple went to work, so perhaps it is a acquihire, the takeover company especially in the expertise of employees are interested.

The acquisition follows a long line of Apple acquisitions with respect to its navigation, including those of companies like BroadMap plan, and embark In 2012, Apple replaced Google Maps for its own Maps service in iOS. Initially there was much criticism of the navigation service. This prompted Apple to even apologize to its users and promise to continue to improve the service continuously.


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