• Feb 12, 2010



Navigation systems are quickly becoming commonplace even on the cheapest new cars and trucks, and the European Commission is working to use technology to make the systems far more accurate than the current technology allows. The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, or EGNOS, is already online in Europe, and the European Commission is encouraging navigation providers to utilize the technology to make directions far more accurate than they are now. As an example, Wards Automotive quotes sources who say EGNOS can improve the accuracy of nav systems from 10 to 20 percent versus nav systems without EGNOS.

Europe is also launching its new Galileo satellites, which also use EGNOS tech. Two are already operational and the plan is to have up to 18 satellites in space and 40 units to cover the world by 2017. The European Union is reportedly working on its own GPS tech so that it doesn't have to rely on the U.S. military for data.

Improved navigation accuracy will make navigation users, providers and OEMs happy because directions will be more accurate, with fewer commands like "please make a legal U-Turn" in the middle of a freeway. Opponents to the measure fear that the government can begin tracking all GPS-enabled vehicles on the road. Speed trap cameras could theoretically be replaced, with satellites tracking your speed and whereabouts at all times. Will that ever happen? Who knows, but we're thinking that even better-functioning GPS devices is a good thing.

[Source: Wards Auto - Sub. Req.]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      One more reason in the ever-increasing stack of them....


      To buy nice 1990s era sport coupes, and parts cars, and keep them running as long as possible.

      300ZXs, RX7s, NSXs, SVXs, 3000GT/Stealth, Supras, stuff like that.

      That was when cars were modern enough to be really good, but not boring, not old-CAFE strangled, not new-CAFE strangled and supplanted by light truck classified vehicles.

      ...Not equipped with black box recorders, in-built surveillance and over-ride systems, and all this new crap that serves a different master than the owner of the car.

      Technology is not inherently moral. The programming and use by people is what is moral and ethical, or not.
      • 4 Years Ago
      War is Peace.
      Freedom is Slavery.
      Ignorance is Strength.
      Big Brother is watching you ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Somehow I don't think it is GPS accuracy that is causing people to drive into lakes or to drive down railroad tracks.

      How to we improve the accuracy of an idiot's brain function?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice technology that will be abused once governments take the stance that they can "enhance public safety" (while lining government coffers) with the new capabilities. Government looking over your shoulder = FAIL.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah , because the Government has nothing better to to than to watch YOUR every move. no one is forcing you to use that GPS system.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This already exists in the US as WAAS. And I believe most receivers already support it, my 5 year old one does.

      http://www8.garmin.com/aboutGPS/waas.html
      • 4 Years Ago
      Great. Onstar can already control your car (slow it down, and flash your lights) and government in the UK (part of the european union) already has cameras EVERYWHERE.

      Big Brother really is alive and well. George Orwell was good at predicting the greed of man (the lust for power in this case).
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Opponents to the measure fear that the government can begin tracking all GPS-enabled vehicles on the road. "

      I don't understand this. Satnav receivers are passive devices; they calculate your position based on signals they receive but they don't broadcast your position. The only way your position could be known is if you have a car with onboard telematics like OnStar.
        • 4 Years Ago
        but, dude , it's a conspiracy !
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait til insurance companies mandate this. There is already one insurance company in Canada that offers to put a transmitter in your car that monitors your driving habits and will charge you "accordingly". Wait till all insurance companies decide that is the way to go. Then what? All it would take is a bill in congress to mandate that all cars be built with those transmitters "to better fight theft, or respond to accidents", or all insurance companies requiring the use of them in order to better "judge risk".

      Tinfoil, my a$$.
      • 4 Years Ago
      And in the US the Feds want to give law enforcement the power to simply request information about your location from cell phone networks...

      http://news.cnet.com/8301-13578_3-10451518-38.html

      Add this to provisions of the Patriot Act and the once secret Bush orders allowing the NSA to spy on American's internat'l web communincations...

      The police state is coming, it will slip in quietly under the pretense that it will protect us.

      Be afraid, be very afraid.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "They" are already up there. The bastards can and DO already monitor you if you have Onstar or equilivent. Exact location, speed, and vehicle interior conversation is being recorded as you read this. This is a fact. Period. This information is already used by law enforcement, CIA,FBI, and Homeland Security. Aluminum foil on your head my A**!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Fact, eh?

        You know what a fact is, right? Could you please cite ANY reputable sources?

        You think that telematics tied to cell transceivers are being used to surveil everyone at all times? Yikes. I guess I would be as uptight as you if I lived in the constant fear you appear to be in.

        Since you're into facts, here are a few:
        1. I've monitored the CIM bus of the OnStar module (and even traced the GMLAN), and have found no data transmissions, aside from the ones I already knew about.
        2. Verizon lists revenue from the OnStar service on the SEC filings. It isn't a lot, and certainly not enough to cover the constant monitoring of millions of vehicles on their network.
        3. OnStar does occasionally work with LLE, but it's pretty infrequent (though the commercial showing the carjacked black SUV might lead you believe otherwise).

        So... how are they doing it then? Unicorn dust and magic?

        The tin foil crowd on here always cracks me up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @cowboy bob , you realize what you just did ? you made "their" conspiracy public. do you think "they" don't read Autoblog ? run and hide as fast as you can !
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