The Galileo satelite system has finally gone live after 17 years. This service is the European funded version of the US owned GPS service and has a stated accuracy of 1m for most, and 1cm for paying customers. While there are currently only 18 satelites in the service, this number is expected to rise to up to 30 in the near future. All cars sold in Europe from 2018 will have to include a Galileo capable chip for the European eCall system.
What this means for gadget fans, of course, is that all of the devices we’re expecting at CES will likely include new chips that support Galileo. Whether that will translate to better accuracy or not we’ll have to wait and see. Most of the accuracy issues on current watches are not down to GPS accuracy but rather antenna and chipset issues and tradeoffs – battery being the biggest one.