China will soon put into use electronic GPS maps in 142 cities in order to weave a network across the country within 10 years.
It is the largest digital publishing project in the country so far. China’s Planet Map Publishing House and Shenzhen Maxwell Technology Corp. Ltd., the developers, have invested more than 100million yuan (some 12.2 million US dollars) in the project, hoping to make the system cover major Chinese cities, counties and towns. The two companies have so far developed electronic GPS maps covering 19 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. The maps can help car drivers to choose the best travel route and people can easily find the exact positions of restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and other facilities on the map.
The maps can also be used in mobile phones, palmtop PCs and other electronic equipment.