(Yicai Global) May 24 -- Chinese navigational solutions provider Hi-Target Surveying Instrument Co. has introduced three new navigation products capable of providing positional accuracy of up to two-centimeters in range worldwide, which would be tens of times sharper than the current standard in China.
The Guangzhou-based firm launched mobile chip Fixed Star I, a Global Navigation Satellite Systems antenna, and high-precision global positioning system HI-RTP, at the Ninth China Satellite Navigation Conference held in northern China's Harbin from May 23-25.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.'s logistics arm Cianiao has already started using the GNSS antenna to ensure precise operations of its driverless vehicles, a representative of Hi-Target said at the conference, adding that the antenna will ensure faster and more accurate navigation for other unmanned vehicles in future.
The firm will put the HI-RTP system into pilot operation in the Asia-Pacific region this year and will extend its coverage to reach a global scale by 2020. It currently uses 100 reference stations for positioning, which will be more than doubled to 220 over the next two years, ensuring 2-centimeter-range accuracy.
The Fixed Star I microchip will help Chinese equipment makers to reduce their dependency on overseas supplies, while also lowering the costs for such products. The chip will go on sale next year and ensures global coverage because it is applicable to all major satellite systems including China's Beidou Navigation System, the EU's Galileo network, Russia's Glonass, as well as America's GPS.
Editors: Emmi Laine, William Clegg