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News Geely Autonomous Vehicles Will Eventually Rely on a Network of 240 Satellites

Geely Autonomous Vehicles Will Eventually Rely on a Network of 240 Satellites

Geely has now launched a second round of satellites for its future autonomous vehicles.

  • The Chinese automaker has already launched two rounds of low-orbit satellites.

  • These satellites will provide positioning information for vehicles and connectivity for consumer electronics.

  • The company plans to have 72 satellites in orbit by 2025.

Geely, the Chinese automaker that owns Volvo, Polestar and Lotus, wants to have a large network of satellites in space to help its future autonomous vehicles.

According to a statement made to Reuters, the company has now launched its second batch of satellites, comprised of 11 individual units.

This is part of Geely’s plan to have 72 satellites in low orbit by 2025 and up to 240 in the following years.

The idea behind these satellites is to provide the automaker’s future autonomous vehicles with more accurate positioning data, which should help them improve more quickly than competing self-driving vehicles.

In addition to this function, Geely says its satellites will also provide connectivity services for consumer electronics, such as smartphones.

This second purpose is likely to serve as a different funding source for Geely, helping it get returns on its investment even before its first autonomous vehicles make it to public roads.

Geely is not the only Chinese commercial company to get its own satellites in space since the country’s government opened up the aerospace sector to private investment back in 2014.

Indeed, the country currently has over 400 satellites orbiting Earth, but most of them are still controlled by the military.

Another reason why Geely satellites will not exclusively be used by the automaker’s vehicles might be that the latest five-year plan of the Chinese government called for the deployment of an integrated network of communications and navigation satellites.

Considering the first round of satellites launched by Geely reached space back in June 2022, the company will have to accelerate its program in order to reach its 2025 goal.

Source: Automotive News China

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