China's Beidou satellite system is due to provide services to more countries in the near future, China Daily reports. The satellite will increase the accuracy of its readings to within 2.5 meters in 2020 and will come to the aid of other countries such Sweden, Israel and Mexico.
The National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation noted that the Beidou system provides detailed geoinformation and by expanding its services to other countries it will improve its establishment on a worldwide scale and increase its database. The accuracy of the system will be improved with international co-operation, Li Pengde, the deputy director for the National Administration noted.
Pengde said that "the system now covers the Asia-Pacific region, but by 2020 it will cover the whole world." China will continue to co-operate with Singapore and Malaysia—as well as other Asian countries—in order to grow the presence of the Beidou system in the region. This year China has already joined forces with Thailand, Laos and Pakistan for this exact reason, explained Miao Qianjun, executive vice president of the Global Navigation Satellite System and Location-Based Service Association of China.
In fact, this July, China signed a memorandum of understanding with Russia related to the Beidou system and a joint application with Russia's Glonass system. The agreement allows the two nations to establish navigation system monitoring stations in each respective country as of this year.
The Beidou system has been installed in 200 car models in China and has chips included in 40 million smartphones. It currently has 16 satellites but plans to increase its global coverage network to 36 geostationary orbit and non-geostationary orbit satellites by 2020.