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On a European level, there is a process of establishing a new precision GPS system (Galileo), which will guarantee precision to deliver position data with high accuracy.

Galileo is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), providing improved positioning and timing information with significant positive implications for many European services and users. Galileo was launched in 2016 and is still in a process to reach full operational capability. When the Galileo system is fully operational it will offer the following services worldwide: Open Service, Public Regulated Service, Search and Rescue Service, High Accuracy Service, and Commercial Authentication Service. The Galileo Initial Services are the first step towards full operational capability, marking the transition from deployment and testing to operations. Currently, Galileo is serving already 2 billion phones, over 15 million cars, as well as delivering crucial information for emergency services.

The new GPS data from Galileo will be more frequent and reliable. This will make it possible to use GPS data to follow moving objects (dynamic position data). The new data are expected to contribute to various administrative tasks of the state, regions and municipalities.

The new GPS data support automotive machinery operations, including management and maintenance of parks (lawn mowing, emptying of dustbins, etc.) The new data can also be used to improve traffic flows in cities through integrated use of GPS and sensor data. In addition, self-driving vehicles will be a common occurrence in the near future. Such vehicles will require optimal GPS data, using a combination of exact positions and sensors to operate effectively. 

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