Apple has acquired a GPS start-up company called, Coherent. The Bay Area based company that was founded in 2008 focuses on creating commercial navigation services thanks to the partnerships with companies like Boeing and Iridium.Coherent has been developing High Integrity GPS (“iGPS”), which in essence is a Global Positioning system that is highly accurate (within centimetres). The system blends signals from the usual mid-earth orbital GPS satellites along with those of low-earth satellites, thus offering a high level of accuracy, precision and signal integrity.
This is not the first mapping based acquisition from Apple and in fact the Cupertino based company has been on a spree when it comes to acquiring technologies related to mapping. Pin Drop, WifiSLAM, Hopstop, Embark, Locationary and Broadmap are the mapping companies Apple recently acquired.
The very fact that most of the key Coherent employees started working for Apple recently raised suspicion about the company being acquired. Coherent’s website was also pulled down and the name servers for the domain were updated to direct to Apple’s servers. The company has already issued a confirmation to The New York Times stating that “Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” Apart from the blunt statement the company spared no efforts to divulge further information.
What remains to be seen is whether this acquisition would lead to some map improvements in time for Apple’s annual developer event, WWDC, which takes place next month.