Silicon Valley start-up Coherent Navigation combines signals from traditional GPS satellites with those from private sector satellites in lower orbit for high-precision location readings.
The company's technology could be critical to developing self-driving cars and improving the often criticized Maps app on the iPhone.
Apple’s Maps team hasn’t had it easy since. Internal bickering and turnover have stalled updates, according to reports. The app still doesn’t have transit directions, for example.
MacRumors first spotted the Coherent Navigation acquisition Sunday. Apple rarely discloses the acquisitions of small start-ups, but Chief Executive
Apple hasn't disclosed any plans, but it is reportedly researching electric car development and is among the few Silicon Valley companies with enough cash to explore self-driving vehicles.
In March, Uber confirmed it planned to buy deCarta, a San Jose-based digital mapmaker.