Toyota Shows Off Mirai Satellite Communications Research Vehicle in Detroit
The North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) is in full swing in Detroit, and Toyota is busy showing off some cool new technology that it hopes will make it to production vehicles within the next decade or so. One example of this technology is a satellite communications research vehicle, based on the Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell car and fitted with technology from US-based company Kymeta.
The technology in question concerns satellite antennae that use software and liquid crystal technology to electronically track and steer toward satellites. Rather than traditional antennae, which require a dish on the ground, Kymeta’s are able to be integrated easily during vehicle production, or as an aftermarket addition.
“For several years, Toyota met with emerging companies around the world to investigate new technologies,” expressed Shigeki Tomoyama, Senior Managing Officer of Toyota Motor Corporation. “We were very excited to learn about Kymeta, because their flat antennae technology could solve the challenge of vehicle-based satellite communications.”
Kymeta’s antennae are able to be embedded into the car, allowing large amounts of information to be distributed to the vehicle via satellite. Widespread use of this technology is expected to make for more stable and secure communications and broader coverage areas, which will be particularly useful during emergencies such as natural disasters.
The customized Mirai is currently on display at the Detroit Auto Show, so be sure you stop by to see it if you’re there.
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