The GPS III satellite armada will eventually make our GPS technology more accurate, but we’re not quite there yet.
Just three satellites have been launched thus far, and only one of them is operational at the moment.
Elon Musk recently tweeted that our ‘GPS just got slightly better,’ but that isn’t entirely true.
We tend to take GPS for granted these days. It works pretty well already and it feels like it’s always been there, even though it’s a relatively new technology, all things considered. It’s not perfect, of course, and we can see evidence of that in our map apps and games like Pokemon Go that sometimes send us flying all over the map as it tries to zero in on our position.
But like any technology, it’s improving, and the launch of a new GPS III satellite is a tiny step toward a more accurate Global Positioning System for the future. Elon Musk is obviously very proud that he has played a part in this and tweeted out a not-entirely-accurate boast that your GPS just got better.