Google plans to track every vessel at sea.

By Curious

This tracking information will be available to anyone. That is big security concern. Google has the idea to make a map of the entire ocean floor in the next 5 years. For now the search giant has paid $3M on satellite technology, this will allow to track vessels better than the governments.
World's warships positions will be available to all people using internet. Is that a concern for US military ships?
Google plans to show the coordinates and identity of all vessels at sea on their product Google Maps after paying more than $3million for developing the satellite technology.
The Search Engine continues discussions with the U.S. Navy over the idea, as well as with other countries around the world.
Google has announced that it is better placed to track the warships than most governments.
The Search Giant will capable to reveal the location of every ship at sea and maps of the ocean floor. In near future.
Michael Jones, chief technology advocate at Google Ventures, informed Aol: 'I watch them and they can't see themselves. It angers me as a citizen that I can do this and the entire DoD can't.'
Of course, Google is not the first company trying to track vessels at sea, but announced to have improved the technology.
All big Ships are equipped with the Maritime Automatic Identification System (AIS) - a series of transponders that transmit the ship's location to avoid collisions when it is dark or there is bad weather.
Now, AIS can detect ships 20-30 miles away from each other - but, there are attempts to improve the distance and accuracy. From space with satellite Google can see the vessels anywhere in the Earth.
The Search Giant has used already its satellite to see trawlers fishing out of the law in foreign waters and showed the info to the governments.
Although fears over a security risk to military vessels, the ships can go undetected by simply turning off their transmitter so military operations were unlikely to threatened.
Will the internet users be able to track all the U.S. Navy's fleet with simple google search? We will see this in the future!