(10 September 2019) - Today, Galileo, Europe's satellite navigation system, will reach 1 billion smartphone users worldwide.
Since December 2016, Galileo provides so-called “initial services” which already improve everyday life for citizens and businesses with accurate positioning, navigation and timing signals.
Today 95% of companies that produce smartphone chips for satellite navigation make chips that enable Galileo.
The ‘1 billion users' milestone is based on the number of smartphones using Galileo sold across the world. The actual number of Galileo users is larger.
In Europe, all new car models approved for the market are equipped with the eCall system, which uses Galileo to communicate the vehicle's location to emergency services. Since this year, Galileo is integrated in the digital tachographs of lorries – a speed and distance recording device.