China mandates use of Beidou navigation system

Summary:Commercial vehicles such as tour coaches and heavy trucks in nine regions will have to install the homegrown Beidou Navigation Satellite System or face having vehicle permits revoked.

China's Ministry of Transport says commercial vehicles in nine regions will have to install the homegrown Beidou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), or face not having their vehicle permits approved.

Xinhua reported Monday that all tour coaches, long-distance scheduled buses and vehicles transporting "dangerous articles" will need to install BDS when they renew their mobile navigation devices. Newly-manufactured heavy trucks and trailers will also have to be installed with the navigation system before entering the market, it noted. 

The new regulation applies to nine regions, namely Jiangsu, Anhui, Hebei, Shaanxi, Shandong, Hunan, Guizhou, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and Tianjin Municipality, said Feng Zhenglin, China's vice minister of transport, in the report.

He added the ministry intends to have 80 percent of these vehicles installed with BDS by the end of March, and is also encouraging passenger vehicles in rural areas to install the navigation system.

According to Xinhua, the BDS started providing navigational services to Chinese users and surrounding areas in Asia-Pacific at the end of 2012.

The Chinese government launched its Compass M3 and M4 satellites in May last year to further enhance its reach and provide a viable alternative to the U.S.-controlled global positioning system (GPS). The two satellites are the 12th and 13th ones sent into space, with another 17 expected to join the system by 2020 .

Topics: Emerging Tech, China, Government

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