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Home / Articles / Columnists / Happy Motoring /  Autonomous Technology and Rooftop Satellites
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Wednesday, June 7,2017

Autonomous Technology and Rooftop Satellites

By Teresa Aquila  

Have you ever imagined that your automobile would be a moving satellite? Well the answer is, yes it can be, thanks to a company called Kymeta.

Kymeta does not manufacture cars; they manufacture the newest technology of satellites. You can now have the ability to surf the internet, talk on your cell phone or stream movies right in the comfort of your automobile anywhere you may travel.

So exactly how does this fit into your vehicle. With its first-of-a-kind satellite technology that can connect anything that moves, Kymeta is delivering on the promise of connectivity. Their terminals are flat, light, and have no moving parts, bringing high-throughput communication to vehicles and places it has never been before.

Kymeta’s mTenna technology and KALO services will enable a realm of brand new experiences from anywhere in the world that characterize what the truly connected car should be capable of.

This new type of technology gives the occupants the ability to receive up to 50 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up with various satellite systems. mTenna fits between the headliner and the roof with between 8-12 cm in depth and is compatible with most OEM inline manufactured roof specifications.

So the question you might be asking right now is, “How secure is this type of satellite and are their security measures in place?" The answer to your question is yes. This satellite provides the securest global communication platform, integrating the four elements of risk reduction: authentication, system integrity, application security, and attack surface reduction. In addition to leveraging this secure network, the Kymeta zero profile solution to satellite communications is perfect for applications where it is important not to draw attention to communications capabilities.

What about connectivity and firmware, how does that work? Kymeta mTenna technology and global services ensure cars have the latest firmware over-the-air (FOTA), and software over-the-air (SOTA) updates to keep them safe and secure while eliminating the need to visit a dealership. With the multicast capabilities of satellite connectivity, all vehicles can receive updates simultaneously, exponentially trimming the time and cost of unicast terrestrial updates.

Cars of today are actually a moving computer compared to cars of yesteryear. Computers are running everything from your tire sensors, to the engine performance and navigation systems, insuring you arrive at your destination. Need help backing up? There are backup cameras that assist you.

Not so long ago, computers were the size of your garage and now they are the size of your cell phone. Technological gurus have worked overtime to give all of us the convenience to communicate with family, friends or complete strangers anywhere in the world.

Autonomous cars are the up and coming future for transportation. Recently on my radio show “Teresa’s Garage”, I hosted local guests whom are knowledgeable in autonomous automobiles. Since Nevada is the state leading the world in regulating, licensing and testing these types of vehicles, we had many questions.

Nevada is the first state to embrace this new technology, so much so that they have licensed the first autonomous vehicle to a quadraplegic.

April Sandborn, from the Nevada DMV and Col. Dennis Osborne of the Nevada Highway Patrol have been spear heading this endeavor to insure these vehicles are safe, tested and properly regulated for our highways.

At first, I was not one to embrace these unmanned vehicles for several reasons. But after interviewing these two amazing individuals, I have slightly changed my mind, and think they do have a place on our roadways.

The manufacturers of these autonomous vehicles still have a lot of testing to perform and bugs to work out, but with millions of dollars spent on this technology, it won’t be long before we begin to see more of these vehicles traveling alongside us.

This opens up an entirely new world of independence to so many individuals who would have never received the opportunity, such as the elderly, severely handicapped and even the young, if this technology had not been developed.

To learn more, go to www.kymetacorp.com. If you wish to hear these interviews in their entirety, go to https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf6-4oRn9xoH7Bd83y4Rjmg.

 

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