Beidou navigation system to serve Chinese private car owners in 2012

16:06, March 21, 2011      

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Chinese private car owners will be able to enjoy positioning services provided by the Beidou satellite navigation and positioning system starting in 2012, said Sun Jiadong, chief designer of the Beidou satellite navigation and positioning system.

Sun said the prices of the related navigation chips will be lower than the market prices of the Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation chips.

China is now in the process of establishing the Beidou satellite navigation and positioning system and has successfully launched seven Beidou navigation satellites.

Under the overall system development plan, the system will first cover the Asia-Pacific Region in 2012, offering navigation, positioning and communications services. The Beidou system will cover the entire world around 2020.

Yang Yuanxi, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said that there are 32 American GPS satellites, 22 Russian Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) satellites and 2 experimental European Galileo satellites in outer space. Currently, the Beidou system is mainly used for military navigation and monitoring in the agricultural and fishery industries as well as in large engineering projects.

Liu Jingnan, academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said that the Beidou satellite navigation and positioning system has more functions than the current popular civilian GPS system because it has navigation and positioning functions as well as communications functions.

According to preliminary calculations, the price for the civilian navigation chip of the Beidou system will be no higher than that of the GPS system. "A Beidou navigation chip will be priced around 100 yuan," Liu said.

The Beidou system will gradually be used in areas such as monitoring the Earth's plates and addressing traffic jam issues.

By People's Daily Online

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