CHINA is developing its own £7 billion GPS system in a bid to rival US mapping technology, as tensions continue escalate between Washington and Beijing.
Date: Nov 26, 2018
Beijing is building its own GPS navigation system – known as Beidou – so the Asian powerhouse can no longer rely on US’ GPS system, as relations between the US and China continue to sour amid their ongoing trade war.
The Beidou GPS system is currently in operation across China and neighbouring countries, and is expected to expand globally by 2020.
Beidou was developed in the 90s, and will cost Beijing approximately £7 billion (US$8.98 billion) to £8.25 (US $10.6 billion).
The navigation technology will used in a range of devices, including smartphones, navigating aeroplanes, ships and also military operations.
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Marshall Kaplan, a professor in the aerospace engineering department at the University of Maryland, told Bloomberg Quint: “They don’t want to depend on the US’s GPS.
“The Chinese don’t want to be subject to something that we can shut off.”
China’s President Xi Jinping has pledged to revamp the country’s technological sector, with major plans to launch space exploration projects and new technological inventions.