Technology Partnership Drives GPS
High-precision positioning information is increasingly used in fields such as agriculture, construction, and disaster prevention. Demand for such information is expanding worldwide for both land-based and maritime applications. In Japan, Michibiki No.2 (Quasi-Zenith Satellite) was successfully launched on June 1, 2017 and is expected to generate diverse services using high-precision positioning information.
Hitachi Zosen Corp., www.hitachizosen.co.jp/english, Osaka, Japan, Development Bank of Japan, www.dbj.jp/en, Tokyo, Japan, DENSO Corp., www.denso.com/global/en, Kariya, Japan, Japan Radio Co., Ltd., www.jrc.co.jp/eng/, Tokyo, Japan, and Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd., www.hitachi-automotive.co.jp/en/, Tokyo, Japan, announced that they established a new company named GPAS (Global Positioning Augmentation Service Corp.) in the form of a joint investment.
Within a few years, GPAS aims to commercialize a service for centimeter-level precision global satellite positioning through verification testing using a high-precision orbit and clock analysis tool.
Seeking the cooperation of relevant authorities and businesses, GPAS will work to establish a fundamental technology that supports the global deployment of autonomous vehicles and agricultural/construction machinery, in addition to maritime and meteorological observation applications. Collaborations like this one will help push GPS in the construction industry even more in the future.