Technology Beidou, China's GPS alternative, is now complete
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China’s own global navigation system is now complete. Today, the country launched the last of the satellites that comprise its Beidou Navigation Satellite System,reports. Beidou has long been seen as to the US government-owned Global Positioning System (GPS), and it’s part of a larger push to increase China’s tech influence globally.
China began planning its own system in the late 90s, and the first version of Beidou was in service by 2000. This is the, and it’s seen as the completion of the system, which shouldn’t need another major upgrade until 2035.
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Beidou now has global coverage. As of late last year, about 70 percent of Chinesealready supported Beidou, and more than 100 partners had lined up to use the mapping tech, . In 2013, China’s ministry of transport that vehicles used for transporting “dangerous articles,” passenger buses and heavy-duty trucks use Beidou.
Now complete, the system ensures that China won’t lose access to global navigation in the event of military conflict with the US. Beidou should provide commercial and civilian benefits, too.
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