Toyota Mirai With Satellite Communications Technology
The Detroit Auto Show recently took place, and some of the most innovative models and technology in the automotive industry is always on display at that event. Toyota used the event to showcase a Toyota Mirai equipped with satellite communications technology, which is very exciting. Toyota teamed up with Kymeta for this technology, which is the world leader in flat panel satellite technology. In this article we take a look at the benefits of utilizing satellite communications technology on vehicles.
Benefits to the Toyota Mirai With Satellite Communication
There are several key benefits to using satellite communications technology on vehicles. One of the benefits to this technology is the ability to distribute huge amounts of data to a vehicle. That is becoming increasingly important in this digital communications era. Another benefit to this technology is the ability to get more stable and secure communications, particularly in emergency situations such as natural disasters.
According to Senior Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation, Shigeki Tomoyama, “For several years, Toyota met with emerging companies around the world to investigate new technologies. We were very excited to learn about Kymeta, because their flat antennae technology could solve the challenge of vehicle-based satellite communications.”
Typically, this type of satellite technology has required the use of a “dish” antenna on the ground in order to operate. However, Kymeta satellites have removed the need for those types of mechanical components by using software and liquid crystal technologies to electronically track and steer towards satellites. The flat and lightweight antenna also allows for easy integration during the vehicle assembly process, or simple aftermarket assembly.
According to the CEO of Kymeta, “We’re excited to be working with Toyota on this next generation of vehicle connectivity. Kymeta is the first company to successfully demonstrate this type of technology, and we have over 8,000 miles of road testing with cars connected to satellites.”