“For many of the largest Silicon Valley technology companies, location software undergirds numerous applications and features in their products,” Mike Isaac reports for The New York Times. “For Apple, it has been a game of catch-up.”

“To that end, Apple confirmed on Sunday that it had purchased Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area global positioning company, further bolstering Apple’s location technology and services,” Isaac reports. “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.”

“Coherent Navigation worked on high-precision navigation systems, technology that is far stronger than many consumer-grade global positioning systems, which are typically accurate to within three to five meters,” Isaac reports. “In the past, Coherent Navigation has also worked on autonomous navigation and robotics projects, according to previous company job listings, as well as projects for the Defense Department”

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s Maps is on its way to becoming supercharged like Siri became seemingly with the release of Apple Watch. If you haven’t used Siri lately, you haven’t used Siri. Hopefully Maps, already much-imporved since launch – is on its way to a similar transformation.