Is your Sat Nav accurate enough for you? These devices have been around for a long time now and have got their services down to pretty much a fine art. This means that it is unlikely that one has left you miles from your expected destination lately.
However, work which has been carried out in Spain has been said to make in car Sat Nav systems even more accurate.
It works by bringing together both a traditional GPS (global positioning system) approach along with a variety of other equipment such as accelerometers and gyroscopes. In fact, it is said to be so good that it can locate a vehicle’s exact position to within a distance of 2 metres.
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One advantage to this system which might not be immediately obvious is that it could be a huge boost to the hopes of driverless cars being on our roads before too long.
So who is behind this breakthrough? Well, the work was done by a couple of different groups of people who both work from the Carlos III University in Madrid; The System Intelligence Laboratory and The Applied Artificial Intelligence Group.
One of the researchers is called David Martin and he said that they have managed to get a better hold on the car’s position “in critical cases” of up to 90%. They said in open countryside the error margin in conventional GPS systems is up to 15 metres, while in the big city it can more than three times that distance.