GPS Accuracy for Everyone
EGNOS is changing the face of GPS because of this accuracy. It will provide the “Safety-of-Life" service for emergency and aircraft personnel. For example, if a hiker is lost on a mountain in the snow, emergency staff will be able to locate that person’s position within only a few feet. Another amazing part of this system is that it will alert you within six seconds if the system has gone down.
For aircraft pilots, this ability to locate destinations within a few feet will dramatically improve airline safety. Pilots going to remote locations or small airports often don’t have the same radar quality of larger airports. Pilots will be able to figure out where they are with a better level of accuracy than ever before, which will make landings and take-offs safer.
The system is not only meant for emergency personnel and industries. The EU hopes that this system will also improve the lives of people with disabilities, especially those that are visually impaired. Basically, GPS visually-impaired consumers will have their own voice-activated personal guide that will be significantly more accurate than the current GPS systems. Plus, tolls would be automatically charged on toll roads, and the system would be able to handle pay-per-use car insurance.
The system is currently only for 27 member states of the EU, but will soon expand into neighbor nations and North Africa.