Wednesday, May 20, 2009

GAO warns of possible collapse of GPS by 2010: how would this affect everything else?

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has stunned everyone with a report indicating that a large portion of the US Military’s GPS system could start to fail by 2010. The main abstract for the report is at this link.

The breakdown or degradation could affect trucking, airlines, and motorists who use GPS for emergency roadside assistance. It could also affect car rental companies who “spy” on renters.

It’s less clear how it could affect more familiar parts of the Internet.

Most of the concerns seem related to cost overruns and inadequate project management.

Tech News World has a report by Michael Pearson here.

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