Welcome to the MacNN Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

You are here: MacNN Forums > News > Tech News > China aims for mobile phone adoption of Beidou navigation

China aims for mobile phone adoption of Beidou navigation
Thread Tools
MacNN Staff
Join Date: Jul 2012
Status: Online
Reply With Quote
Apr 3, 2013, 05:23 AM
 
China is promoting its own global positioning satellite system, with a view to making it available to mobile phone manufacturers and related services. By offering the Beidou navigation system to public-interfacing companies, China hopes that it will eventually replace the current GPS service in most devices in the next few years.

Currently, Beidou is used in licensed services operated by the government and military for uses in mapping, hydrological monitoring, fishing, forestry, weather forecasts, telecommunications, and transport. The proposals add a large number of users to the 16-satellite array with a government official telling Xinhaunet "We are seeking favorable policies and attracting investment to promote the technology for public use. It will not be long before mobile phones adopt the Beidou system." The initial mobile device manufacturers to use the technology are probably going to be local outfits, with larger and externally-located GPS and mobile phone manufacturers likely adding support once enough people use it.

Created in response to China's reliance on the US-based GPS system, Beidou is said to have an accuracy similar to its competitor, being accurate to within 32 feet for positioning, 0.4mph for velocity, and one-way timing accuracy hitting 50 nanoseconds.
( Last edited by NewsPoster; Apr 3, 2013 at 08:29 AM. )
     
Senior User
Join Date: Jan 2008
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Apr 3, 2013, 08:58 AM
 
Always "only Chinese" with these guys...their own search, their own 3G/4G, their own GPS, all built from ripped off technologies.
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: 888500128, C3, 2nd soft.
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Apr 3, 2013, 09:10 AM
 
That's pretty rich, coming from (presumably) an American.

Your own power voltage, your own TV standard, your own cellular standard, your own measurement system, your own temperature scale.

China is a market THREE TIMES the size of the United States, and considerably larger than the US and Europe put together.

And really, seeing as the United States controls GPS and at least used to artificially cripple it for non-military use whenever they were bombing some country or other, it doesn't really take too much brain to figure out that it's a good idea to roll your own if you're able to — hence the Russian, European, and Chinese versions of GPS that are in development.
     
Senior User
Join Date: Jan 2008
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Apr 3, 2013, 11:28 AM
 
Umm, really...so what exactly says the U.S. doesn't use standards and/or creates copies?

Let's see what the U.S. uses: power voltage = British units; TV = America first; Cellular = America first; Measurement = British; temperature = German, worldwide til '60s; GPS = America first

That's pretty poor for an American slam.
     
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Nov 1999
Location: 888500128, C3, 2nd soft.
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Apr 3, 2013, 01:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by pairof9s View Post
power voltage = British units;
110V is the voltage. "Volt" is the unit, but yeah, you didn't come up with it on your own, there.

Originally Posted by pairof9s View Post
TV = America first;
I was referring to NTSC, but that's actually fairly widely used.

Originally Posted by pairof9s View Post
Cellular = America first;
I was referring to CDMA.

Originally Posted by pairof9s View Post
Measurement = British;
So you didn't come up with that yourself either, but insist on using a system the entire rest of the world dropped last century at the latest.

Originally Posted by pairof9s View Post
temperature = German,
I see. And gravity, I assume, is a British invention?

Well, you're not quite on your own here. The Cayman Islands, Palau, Bahamas, and Belize also use Fahrenheit.
*giggle*

Originally Posted by pairof9s View Post
That's pretty poor for an American slam.
It wasn't really a good American slam, I'll give you that. It was a lot better than your reply to it, though, and at least you seem to agree with the actual point of my post, since you in no way contested it.
     
   
Thread Tools
Forum Links
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On
Top
Privacy Policy
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:09 AM.
All contents of these forums © 1995-2015 MacNN. All rights reserved.
Branding + Design: www.gesamtbild.com
vBulletin v.3.8.8 © 2000-2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.3.2