Apple buys GPS firm, Coherent Navigation to improve its mapping service


Apple buys GPS firm

Apple is improving its mapping service by the acquisition of GPS Firm, Coherent Navigation. The tech giant has confirmed that it has bought the high-precision navigation service Coherent Navigation.

 

After this acquisition, the team from Coherent Navigation would join the Apple Maps team. MacRumors first reported the acquisition and an Apple spokesperson sent confirmation to The New York Times regarding this acquisition, “Apple confirmed on Sunday that it had purchased Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area global positioning company, further bolstering Apple’s location technology and services.

 

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company said in an email.

 

Founded in 2008, Coherent Navigation was a small firm that focused on creating commercial navigation services based on partnerships with companies like Boeing and Iridium, the satellite network operator, according to a description on the LinkedIn page of Paul Lego, the company’s former chief executive.”

 

Apple has also acquired several smaller mapping companies over the years such as HopStop, WiFiSLAM and more.