China’s Geely launches 11 satellites to aid driverless cars

ZeekChinese automaker Geely Holding announced the company launched 11 low-earth orbit satellites last week to support navigation for driverless cars.

The launch, from Xichang Satellite Launch Center on February 3, was Geely’s second. It was undertaken through Geespace, the satellite technology company in which Zhejiang Geely Holding Group has invested.

The 11 satellites are part of the second orbital plane in the company’s ambitious “”Geely Future Mobility Constellation”” network, a commercial initiative to integrate communication, navigation, and remote sensing within a single satellite network. The first orbital plane, comprising nine satellites, was deployed in June 2022. Geely aims to have 72 satellites in orbit by 2025 before eventually reaching the full constellation strength of 240 satellites.

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