Ultra-Precise GPS could Unleash a Robot Revolution

TREND #3 More than ever, we rely on technologies that can pinpoint an object’s position. Precision agriculture, drone delivery, logistics, ride-hailing, and air travel all depend on highly accurate position detection from space. Now a series of deployments and upgrades are boosting the accuracy of the world’s most powerful global satellite positioning systems from several meters to a few centimeters. That could mean your phone knows not only which street you’re walking or driving down, but which side of the street you’re on. Soon, that kind of resolution could make it possible for self-driving cars, delivery robots, and other “personal services robots” to safely navigate streets and sidewalks. And as technology improves, so does the accuracy of GPS, as represented...

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