Transport & Logistics

Independent, resilient navigation with quantum sensors

Published on
January 25, 2024

Our everyday reliance on navigation systems is often hugely underestimated. Our dependence on Global Positioning System (GPS) has become so extensive that it has now become known as the ‘invisible utility’.

Seven per cent of the UK’s economy is dependent on the availability of satellite signals, and according to the 2018 Blackett report, the first five days of an outage comes at an enormous cost of £1bn a day. We all love the convenience of having sat nav in our cars, but too much of our society, our economy, is dependent on the availability of those weak signals.

Researchers are now developing a standalone quantum navigation system,which does not rely on satellite signals and is therefore not exposed tothe same risks experienced by GPS, ensuring resilient, safe transport.

The quantum inertial navigation system promises huge benefits to the UK. It will free large sections of our services and many professions from reliance on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) and the fear of it failing.



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