Larry Page wants Google 2.0 to get location tracking accurate "down to the inches"

Larry Page wants Google 2.0 to get location tracking accurate
Many companies and CEOs claim that they want to change the world, but Google and Larry Page seem to be truly committed. Beyond Google's core business, Larry Page has started projects to "cure" death (Calico), and now we're hearing about Google Y (which is part of Google 2.0) which has even more grand ideas to improve the world. 

Page reportedly wants to take on more long-term projects, and with Google 2.0 wants to tackle the biggest challenges facing humanity and how Google can help overcome them. Calico is part of that initiative, since death is probably one of the top "challenges" of being human (if you see death that way). According to The Information, Larry Page hasn't yet created the Google Y research lab, but has proposed the idea. Google Y would take on projects like creating a more efficient airport, and even building a model city. 

Those seem like pretty large scale ideas, but the plans for Google 2.0 and the Y lab can get very small as well. Page reportedly wants to get location tracking to be precise "down to the inches." The idea appears to be to create something like iBeacon, so you could identify those close by, and get personalized service while shopping. There are also plans for biometric security to replace traditional passwords, but that is something that has been on Page's mind for a while now. 

It is incredibly impressive to see Larry Page attempting to honestly change the world, especially since so far he's been able to convince investors to let him work on these projects that don't necessarily have traditional business plans behind them. 

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13 Comments

1. JC557

Posts: 1925; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

I dunno, I think the current few feet or even a couple of yards will suffice. Never had a problem with the GPS while driving with those accuracies and I don't need personalized shopping experiences.

2. seanwhat

Posts: 321; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I don't think it's necessary. I use gps to walk from a to b all the time, and i'm extremely satisfied with the current accuracy. The only use for this i can really see is hide and seek (which would be awesome).

3. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

I can see several uses for accurate gps, at least if they get it truly functioning inside... Building maintenance is one area; there are several apps that bring mobility to FM programs, and they would gain considerable user friendliness if they could precisely determine which room you're in, and report accordingly without prompts or human input...

4. medicci37

Posts: 1361; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

&I'm sure the NSA wouldn't mind covertly helping with the location project

5. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Hopefully GPS is better than on my previous phone. I had a Galaxy S3 that had the worst GPS I've ever seen. Either it wouldn't lock on at all, or would be off around 50-100 feet. I didn't have problems with the HTC phones before it, or the Motorola after it, but that phone just sucked out loud in that department. And there's nothing wrong with making good better either.

6. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

Might have had a defective GPS chip. My GS3 was accurate to around a CEP of ~5 feet, which rivals military GPS guidance systems.

9. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I wasn't alone in the forums with the problem, and if you search, Sammy's got a reputation for sub par GPS in their phones.

12. Reluctant_Human

Posts: 913; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

Same thing happened to me with the S3 and I even had it replaced twice so it wasn't just with one handset.

7. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

Wrong region. There's a program for calibrating it

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

What wrong region? I used different apps to try and correct the issue, and the ones that showed when it locked onto satellites, showed it sometimes constantly searching for one until I gave up and didn't want to rundown the battery. Most of the time I just left GPS off on it. And as I said above, there were plenty in the forums who had GPS issues, and Samsung has a reputation for sub par GPS (at least they did thru my time with my GS3, I haven't really paid attention to them after that).

8. infinitymurano2012

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 13, 2014

Accurate location detection.... another spying service from Google which already has all your data.. yet.androsheeeeps say baaaa baaa baaa. typical.

11. SellPhones82

Posts: 569; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

The beauty is it can all be turned off for paranoid people such as yourself, as it's an op-in service. Now, don't expect you to still be able to locate your phone if lost, or get info on nearby locations without supplying a ZIP, or any other location tagging or setting, though I doubt you use those anyways and just sit in your mom's basement with your tinfoil hat on! Have fun with that! https://support.google.com/gmm/answer/3118687?hl=en

13. zennacko unregistered

Larry Page and... investors? Just like Apple, he and Sergey got enough money to live without depending on anyone, if they wanted they could buy an entire country lol

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