Geely themselves might be little known by name in the West, though it is the parent company of European brands including Lotus and Volvo. Like many of its automotive bedfellows, autonomous vehicles are becoming an increasing differentiator as they seek to catch up to the likes of Tesla, which is now the world’s second most valuable car company despite manufacturing a relatively tiny number of vehicles.
Consequently, we’ve seen Toyota invest in autonomous vehicle startup Pony.ai, while General Motors acquired Cruise in 2016, recently debuting its all-electric autonomous Cruise Origin vehicle. Geely’s satellites represent a different approach to its peers, with the company intending for the satellites to offer high-speed connectivity, navigation and cloud computing capabilities to assist its autonomous vehicles.
The development adds to the broader trend for small satellite fleets, with the likes of SpaceX’s StarLink and the OneWeb satellite constellation. Both are intended to provide satellite internet access to the world, ensuring coverage via the number of satellites in the constellation - 650 in OneWeb’s case.
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