From next year, if you lose your way in any part of India or the Arabian Sea, India’s very own domestic GPS called NavIC will help you find your way. That’s right, India is about to get the desi Global Positioning System which will be developed by ISRO and will be introduced in Indian market by 2018.

Only a handful of countries have their own GPS systems and India is all set to join the club. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will commence its operation of Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS), which is famously known as NavIC. But don’t be fooled about its quality just because I called it ‘desi’, because this desi GPS will provide accurate location and directing guidance to people throughout the country. And just in case you get lost even in the Arabian Sea, first, whatcha doin there without a professional sailor! And second, don’t worry, NavIC will help you find your way even in the Arabian ocean.

This domestic GPS is being currently tested for precision and the public might have access to it in 2018 as per reports. The project costed ISRO a Rs. 1,420 Crore and was completed with the successful launch of a constellation of seven satellite on April 28, 2016. But what is all the fuss about domestic GPS? We already have GPS. Well, here is the difference.

India depends on other countries and has been using the American GPS since 1973 but there have been several hurdles like during Kargil war in 1999, the US denied providing GPS information. So now, India too will join the group of countries with their own GPS like American GPS, European Union’s Galileo and Russia’s GLONASS. NavIC will provide two types of services – Standard Positioning Service (SPS) which is provided to all the users and Restricted Service (RS), which is an encrypted service provided only to the authorised users.

Now that we are about to get our own GPS, we won’t have to depend on foreign sources, in addition to that, the maps and directions will be customised based on local requirements and accuracy just because it is specifically for India and not meant for global navigation.