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Monday, January 10, 2011 - 12:15pm

Virtual reality GPS will help airlines save fuel and time by plotting faster routes.

In the midst of thousands of flight cancellations due to bad weather, technology that promises to clear things up is on the way.

Aerospace giant Honeywell is casting an eye towards virtual reality GPS, with some new technology that will make "Star Wars" fans nod their heads and smile.

This will make the flying skies friendlier and cleaner.

The system being developed is called Synthetic Enhanced Vision System, or SEVS.

It gives pilots a 3D view of what's in front of them, and no matter how bad the weather really is, your pilot's view will be sunny and clear.

SEVS uses a GPS database to put images of what lies ahead on screen, and it enhances things will real-time updates of what's out there.

If a tree falls below, that tree will, in real time, disappear from the screen.

Seeing this in action is pretty cool.

It's a combination of the GPS we've all come to know and rely on, with a dose of airline technology that turns pea soup fog into a crisp, clear, virtual picture.

Honeywell says it plans to roll SEVS out in major airports in the next couple of years.

Obviously, all this cool technology is aimed towards passenger safety.

With better visibility, pilots can make safer approaches and landings.

Thanks to technology that lets those pilots "see" what the rest of us cannot, we're likely to see far fewer flight cancellations due to low visibility in the future.
 

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