China set to complete its BeiDou satellite network, rival to GPS

Jun 2, 2020
The Asian giant will soon launch the last location-tracking satellite for a system that has economic, communications and military applications.
A satellite orbits Earth. China's network will have broad applications in the future.
NASA/Newsmakers

GPS glitch could confuse navigation devices on April 6

Mar 18, 2019
Older equipment may lose its grip on space and time when its clocks roll over.
A taxi driver uses a navigator while driving in Tokyo.
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Beacons help Waze users navigate Pittsburgh's tricky tunnel exits

Apr 17, 2017
The $30 gadgets are meant to solve 'tunnel blindness' and prevent accidents.
The Waze app indicates a tunnel is on the route and prompts you to use Bluetooth so the app continues working.  
Erika Beras

Why aren't railroad crossings on your map app?

Feb 6, 2017
About 200 people are killed at track crossings each year.
Many signs indicate the danger at the site of a deadly 2015 accident in Oxnard, California, where a truck driver turned his vehicle onto railroad tracks.
Jed Kim/Marketplace
They finally got it right.
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Train-hopping in the digital age

Jul 2, 2014
A father-son duo recount how technology changed clandestine freight train travel.

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The GPS trade-off: Get lost less often, but lose privacy

Apr 10, 2014
Hiawatha Bray explains the hidden costs of your Google Maps app.

When Apple and Google get into your car

Jan 13, 2014
At the Detroit Auto Show, it's clear that cars are becoming the biggest mobile device we own.

The smartphone killed the camera. Is the GPS unit next?

Jul 31, 2013
Garmin and other GPS companies are struggling to sell consumer GPS units in an iPhone world.