On 29 November 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Transport unveiled the Guidelines to Apply the BeiDou Navigation System in the Transportation Sector (Guidelines). As set forth in the Guidelines, the BeiDou System shall be broadly applied to China’s transportation sectorby 2020, with enhanced positioning, navigation and support capabilities, and be used in other countries with a comprehensive navigation communications service system in place.
The transportation sector is the biggest civil user of the BeiDou System, and the demand from this sector is huge. As outlined in the Guidelines, the BeiDou system will be used in transportation monitoring and service, highway monitoring, transportation infrastructure construction, traffic safety monitoring, safety emergency and logistics areas. This system will be further used to monitor real-time status of traffic lanes, and an enhanced system and high accuracy service system will also be developed to cater for specific needs in the transportation sectors.