Apple has acquired GPS firm Coherent Navigation

Apple has acquired another GPS firm Coherent Navigation, a firm specializing in high accuracy GPS and navigation technologies, to improve Apple’s map service.

An Apple spokesman sent a confirmation about the acquisition to New York Times.

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans.” said Apple spokesman in an email to New York Time.

Currently Coherent Navigation website is offline, and name server for the domain now point to Apple’s name server.

According to MacRumors, a number of Coherent employees were hired by Apple earlier January.

The company has acquired serveral mapping companies over the years including HopStop, WiFiSlam, BroadMap and more.