The launch of Galileo Initial Services last year has paved the way for new services and applications that can foster the adoption of Galileo in markets outside Europe. Participants at the Munich Satellite Navigation Conference on March 6 discussed support available to European GNSS companies to develop these markets.
The European Commission adopted the 2018 revision of the ISA² rolling work programme on Tuesday, 20 March 2018. The work programme includes 53 actions, of which 36 are ongoing from the previous years and 10 are new. For seven actions from the previous years, no additional funding is necessary to ensure their completion. The budget for 2018 is EUR 26.4 million.
The European GNSS Agency (GSA) hosted the second Fundamental Elements Info Day on March 14, 2018, welcoming 55 participants from 38 organisations to its headquarters in Prague. The info day focused on upcoming FE funding opportunities and provided a status update on the funding programme.
Today, S&D MEPs called for representatives from Cambridge Analytica and Facebook to come to the European Parliament to explain allegations that data of over 50 million Facebook users had been harvested without their permission and used for political purposes.
The EU has signed earth observation cooperation arrangements with Brazil, Chile, Columbia, and India. These arrangements grant free, full and open access to data from the EU’s Copernicus earth observation programme, as well as information and forecasts from Copernicus services. The EU will gain reciprocal access to observations and archives from India and Brazil’s non-commercial remote sensing satellites. In addition, the arrangements will benefit Copernicus data gathering through the availability of in-situ data for the calibration and validation of EU satellite data.
On 20 March the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) together with the Bulgarian Economic and Social Council will host its 20th European Consumer Day. The event will take place in Sofia this year.
GNSS is just one component of autonomous driving systems, along with other sensors like inertial navigation systems (INS), odometers, radar, cameras, gyroscopes and others. However it is a critical component providing much needed redundancy, according to participants in the Munich Satellite Navigation Conference on March 6.