Apple Inc acquired GPS firm Coherent Navigations to improve Apple mapping capabilities

May 19, 2015 12:30 IST

Apple Inc on 18 May 2015 acquired Coherent Navigation to improve Apple Mapping capabilities. Coherent Navigations is a company focused on hyper-accurate GPS. Coherent Navigation's High Integrity GPS system is supposedly so granular that it can provide accurate location information to within a few centimeters.

The acquisition is part of a series of map-related technology deals made by Apple in recent years.

Earlier, Apple acquired mapping start-ups BroadMap, Embark and HopStop.com as part of its acquisition spree, which accelerated shortly after the company’s decision to create its own alternative to Google Maps for the mapping feature on its devices.

Apple Maps has long struggled with providing accurate location information since phasing out Google Maps in 2012. Coherent Navigation's technology could theoretically be used to significantly enhance Apple's Maps product.

Coherent specializes in high-precision GPS, which combines standard GPS data with data from the Iridium satellite communications constellation. It makes devices for civilian use and was involved in numerous projects with the U.S. government, including military location technologies.

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