Chinese automaker Geely is hurtling towards its goals of building tech for its fleet of autonomous cars. Earlier on Saturday, it launched 11 low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites, a second dispatch after launching 9 satellites in June last year, to revamp precision navigation for autonomous cars.
The 11 satellites lifted off from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center located in the southwestern province of Sichuan. With the 20 satellites launched, the Chinese automaker has plans to complete a constellation of 72 satellites in low-earth orbit by 2025 and extend the number to 240 satellites in the coming years.
These satellites are tasked with supporting self-driving or autonomous cars providing them with high-precision positioning support. These satellites will be able to cater to the consumer electronics sector as well. The satellites are equipped with AI and remote sensing functions capable of providing high-precision remote sensing images measuring 1 to 5m allowing tomorrow’s autonomous cars to hurtle through any terrain without much human assistance.
Geely Holding Group started accepting private investment in 2014 and has been making significant strides ever since. It is building a humongous constellation of satellites to aid precision navigation that can be used for various use cases including communications, navigation, and remote sensing. According to China state media, the country has already deployed 400 satellites in the cosmos.