Apple confirmed on Sunday that it had purchased Coherent Navigation, a Bay Area global positioning company, The tech giant did not reveal the details of the deal, but the acquisition is expected to further boost Apple's location technology and services.
A report in The New York Times notes that the Bay Area global positioning company was founded in 2008 and was a small firm that focused on creating commercial navigation services based on partnerships with companies like Boeing and satellite network operator Iridium.
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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.
"Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans," the company said in an email.
It is unclear exactly how Apple will use the company's services or technology, or if the company will incorporate its prior work into Apple's current products.
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This is the latest in Apple's series of location technology service acquisitions over the past six years. Earlier deals included those with Placebase, a small mapping service; Locationary; and Hopstop.