Velocity

2013

NovAtel's Annual Journal of GNSS Technology Solutions and Innovation

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chinese driving Car ownership is accelerating in China, and a NovAtel GNSS–aided driver training and testing system is helping keep the boom from going bust. Putting Wheels under driving exams But where some people see a traffic jam, others see a market opportunity. Where and how will those millions of new car-owners obtain drivers licenses to operate their vehicles? And where and how will they learn how to drive so that they can pass the driving tests? That's where Chinese system developer Beijing StarNeto Technology, Beijing BDStar Navigation Co., and NovAtel come in. Based on NovAtel GNSS technology, StarNeto has designed and fielded an automated driving examination and training system that is seeing rapid uptake by China's national police agency responsible for licensing drivers. The company sees an equal or even greater opportunity in sales to the drivers training centers springing up in cities around the nation. For more Solutions visit http:/ /www.novatel.com According to Lu Yu, NovAtel's chief representative in China, 20 million cars are made and sold in China each year. Currently, 200 million drivers have licenses and 20 to 30 million more become eligible for drivers licenses each year. And recent regulatory changes in China have made the opportunity even more accessible to StarNeto's solution. Last year, the PRC passed a law—effective January 1, 2013—that required the use of automated systems for evaluating applicants for driver's licenses undertaking driving tests on a surveyed course at the licensing facility. The systems must be able to automatically monitor and evaluate a driver's performance in such tasks as avoiding obstacles, backing into a parking space, starting and parking on a slope, passing obstacles, curved driving, parallel parking, making right-angle turns, and so forth. These automated tests comprise one portion of a three-part licensing examination. The other Ò GNSS is not the only technology used for automated testing systems, but it is the Ó best. —Jianhui Li, President of Beijing BDStar Navigation 2013 velocity 37

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