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NewsPoster Apr 3, 2013 05:23 AM
China aims for mobile phone adoption of Beidou navigation
China is promoting its own <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282472==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/12/28/commercial.public.access.to.gps.competitor.live.in .asia.pacific/" rel='nofollow'>global positioning</a> satellite system, with a view to making it available to mobile phone manufacturers and related services. By offering the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282473==http://en.beidou.gov.cn/" rel='nofollow'>Beidou</a> 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. <br />
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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 <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/282474==http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/sci/2013-04/02/c_132280171.htm" rel='nofollow' target="_self" title="">telling</a> <em>Xinhaunet</em> "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. <br />
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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.
 
pairof9s Apr 3, 2013 08:58 AM
What a bunch of paranoids
Always "only Chinese" with these guys...their own search, their own 3G/4G, their own GPS, all built from ripped off technologies.
 
Spheric Harlot 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.
 
pairof9s Apr 3, 2013 11:28 AM
RE:Spheric
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.
 
Spheric Harlot Apr 3, 2013 01:23 PM
Quote, Originally Posted by pairof9s (Post 4224564)
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.

Quote, Originally Posted by pairof9s (Post 4224564)
TV = America first;
I was referring to NTSC, but that's actually fairly widely used.

Quote, Originally Posted by pairof9s (Post 4224564)
Cellular = America first;
I was referring to CDMA.

Quote, Originally Posted by pairof9s (Post 4224564)
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.

Quote, Originally Posted by pairof9s (Post 4224564)
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*

Quote, Originally Posted by pairof9s (Post 4224564)
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.
 
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