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Toyota Partnership Could Give Connected Drivers All the Bandwidth They Can Use

New car-satellite antenna could be the answer to data-hungry connected cars.

by on Jan.12, 2016

Toyota is using a Mirai fuel-cell vehicle to test out the Kymeta satellite antennas.

Bandwidth. In an era of connected cars, you can never get enough. And the number of 1s and 0s tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles will consume could grow exponentially, according to technology specialists.

Even with 5G, the next generation of cellphone technology, looming on the horizon, that may not be enough. But Toyota thinks it may have found an answer in the form of Kymeta Corp., a Washington State-based technology company that is developing a new type of satellite antenna that could deliver massive amounts to data to moving vehicles.

Your Data Source!

The challenge is to come up with a “secure, high-bandwidth communications system” that will work in a car, said Toyota Senior Managing Director Shigeki Tomoyama, during a news conference at the North American International Auto Show.

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