Geely investing in low-orbit satellite manufacturing to provide more accurate data for self-driving vehicles

Geely investing in low-orbit satellite manufacturing to provide more accurate data for self-driving vehicles

The Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is investing $326 million (RM1.36 billion) in a new satellite manufacturing plant in China where the eventually-produced satellites are to provide more accurate data for self-driving cars, Automotive News Europe reported.

The company has aimed to reach a production rate of 500 satellites a year by 2025, at which time the company expects more of its cars to have more satellite connectivity functions. The satellite manufacturing facilities will be built in Taizhou, where the automaker has car production plants as well, according to Automotive News Europe.

The company’s technology development arm, Geely Technology Group launched Geespace in 2018, for the research, launch and operation of low-orbit satellites and has around 300 highly skilled staff on the project, the report quoted Geely as saying, and the company added that Geespace will launch its commercial low-orbit satellite network by the end of this year.

Low-orbit satellites will offer high-speed internet connectivity, precise navigation and cloud computing capabilities to cars with autonomous driving ability, said Geely, and the satellites will also meet demand for the quick delivery of software updates to vehicles, it said.

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  • Competitor on Mar 04, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    I guess they’re going after the inevitable Tesla + SpaceX’s Starlink collaboration.

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    • Precise and accurate on Mar 04, 2020 at 9:56 pm

      More precise vehicle navigation system.
      Current GPS positioning really can’t guide us in our typical complicated metropolitan roads/flyover.

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  • Tahniah! Soon Geely cud consider arming these satellites with orbital drop missiles to take out vehicles that annoy P1, Geely, Mesidis, Volvo, Lotus, Polestar, LnC, London Taxi, Aston Martin drivers with their unsafe driving that endangers the above, esp those Jepunis and celup Jepunis cars. MWUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

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    • John Minum Teh 8X on Mar 04, 2020 at 4:59 pm

      This means all the Proton cars in Malaysia too. This is why Jeremy Clarkson of Top Gear labelled Proton cars as the most dangerous cars in the world.

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      • Jeremy on Mar 04, 2020 at 5:52 pm

        Proton cars are now part of Geely network. Be that as it may, I had never thought they are that bad to blown up any Proton car before but I had done that to their rival cars and I would gladly do that again if they ever came into UK.

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      • 300 Job offers - Satellite crew on Mar 04, 2020 at 9:51 pm

        It aims to produce 500 satellites a year by around 2025, with around 300 highly-skilled staff, it said in a statement.
        Geely’s technology development arm, Geely Technology Group, launched Geespace to research, launch, and operate low-orbit satellites in 2018.

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      • Read his entire statement. Proton is included as well noob.

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    • Jepunus cars are safe la. Otherwise they won’t be sold in SG and many other first world countries.

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      • They can sell in SG and many other first world countries because the cars they sold there aren’t the same as those they sold in ASEAN noob. Why didn’t you find Vios in other first world countries? Why isn’t Yaris sold here the TNGA global car? Japanese cars here are definitely NOT safe as you are implying.

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  • Aura89 on Mar 04, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    When Geely picked the expanding cosmos as their icon, they weren’t kidding with their vision as now they really are looking towards the stars. Wowzers!

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  • potato on Mar 05, 2020 at 3:18 pm

    hopefully if there’s any error on these low orbit satellites they will turn into ashes before hitting earth’s atmosphere.

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