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JAPAN'S LATEST GPS SATELLITE WILL GUIDE SELF-DRIVING CARS

JAPAN'S LATEST GPS SATELLITE WILL GUIDE SELF-DRIVING CARS apan just fulfilled a key part of its space ambitions -- and it'll have important ramifications for everything from self-driving cars to self-defense. The country has launched its fourth Michibiki satellite, which expands a "quasi-zenith" system designed to provide greater access to GPS in urban 'canyons' where buildings tend to block signals from lower-orbit satellites. Needless to say, that's vital for autonomous vehicles that need GPS to get their bearings in a country dominated by sprawling cities. The military might want it, too. While Japan's armed forces are largely focused on defense, this fourth quasi-zenith satellite could help those calling on the nation to buy cruise missiles as a deterrent to North Korea.   More



(Source: Engadget - Oct 11)

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