Apple buys Coherent Navigation, beefing up location technology and services

Apple buys Coherent Navigation, beefing up location technology and services
Coherent Navigation is a small commercial navigation services outfit based out of the Bay Area. Coherent’s specialty is high-accuracy global-positioning, which uses existing GPS and combines it with data from Iridium’s low-earth-orbit satellite network.

The results are said to be accurate to within inches. While Apple is not saying much about the acquisition, it should not take much math to figure out Cupertino’s interest in the company (it is not just about Apple Maps, though jokes are apropos).

Coherent Navigation was founded in 2008 and the small company uses its high-accuracy navigation systems for applications involving autonomous navigation, robotics, as well as programs for the Department of Defense.

Apple is rumored to be interested in getting in the car business. If that is the case, a hyper-accurate commercial GPS program would be essential particularly if it were to be autonomous like Google’s planned development.

Even if the rumors about the Apple car were to never materialize into anything tangible, Apple Maps will certainly see some benefit. The tools would also enable Apple to develop a number of other commercial applications such as on-the-spot e-commerce avenues.

source: The New York Times

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15 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Great move by Apple.

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5696; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

>The results are said to be accurate to within inches That's insane for a phone I believe the current high end phones are accurate to within ~5m

2. kozza3

Posts: 778; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

about time they do something with all that cash

4. mushpika

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 19, 2015

American Way. Smart people wanna live in the States. States accept them. Smart companies wanna be sold by Apple. Apple buy them.

5. ara.armagedon unregistered

You mean "to Apple", "by Apple" means the exact opposite

3. gaming64 unregistered

Apple has all the money, enough to buy Google and Microsoft. What more can they buy O.o

6. harry29

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

yup but dude google & microsoft has gmail , youtube , outlook ,office etc !! what if they stop supporting apple..? :P :D

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

List some intelligent reasons as to why they would.

11. Iodine

Posts: 1482; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

They can't, because google makes a fortune from advertizing on Apple devices.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 31101; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly! He's just running off at the mouth.

8. 87186

Posts: 312; Member since: Aug 01, 2014

Hah not quite.

13. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Do you really think that Google and Microsoft will sell itself to Apple......Haha your comment is stupid and lame!

15. gaming64 unregistered

Did I say that Apple should buy Microsoft and Google? I only said they have money to buy both companies. Your comment is just blasphemy.

14. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

No it actually has a half of it in cash to buy one of them Google+ Microsoft= Apple in terms of wealth.

12. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Lucky, so this means Apple will not buy Nokia Here! Here is the best navigation app till now!

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