GNSS receivers have a wide variety of applications. While they were first developed in the 20th century for military use, today they are widely available to the general public. In fact, each modern smartphone has a built-in receiver. Here are some areas in which GNSS receivers are used:
- Automobile navigation using receivers built into vehicles.
- Airplane navigation for gliders and general-purpose aircraft of all sizes.
- Maritime navigation on ships and boats.
- Precision agriculture techniques use GNSS receivers to enable automatic steering of tractors and other agricultural machinery. For example, a FieldBee autosteer system uses GNSS and RTK signals to automatically guide a tractor on a field, allowing farmers to achieve up to 1-centimeter precision when carrying out different agriculture procedures.
- Mining and construction machinery may also be controlled automatically using satellite guidance systems.
- Surveying, archeology, geology, and related fields require high-precision location positioning which can be provided by GNSS receivers.
- Mapping and satellite imagery are significantly simplified by the use of GNSS receivers.