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 Europe presses ahead on sat-nav

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Date posted: 11/12/2004

The Galileo satellite navigation system will soon become a reality after being given final approval in Brussels.

Galileo will be interoperable with the US GPS, working to improve the accuracy of planet-wie global positioning, and is expected to be operatable by 2008.

"This is a real technological revolution," said the European Commissioner for Transport, Jacques Barrot. "This will have many practical applications: direct information for emergency rescuers in case of car accidents, dynamic traffic management to help trucks avoid huge traffic jams, the prevention of natural catastrophes such as flooding or fires, and a lot of other useful applications."

Ther new system should enable GPS in urban areas - cities and towns to resolve to greater accuracy than is possible at the moment.

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