Toyota Planning Satellite Connectivity
If there’s one thing we can say about the automotive industry in 2016 it’s that technology is going to be a focal point for just about every automaker currently in existence. One way that we know vehicles really are going to change moving forward is by providing WiFi or some other data service through the vehicles themselves, but the way that actually manifests itself in real life is still something of a mystery.
Toyota recently debuted a “connected” version of the new Toyota Mirai that gives at hint as to one direction that one automaker may go, and it has to do with satellites.
The idea is to have data connectivity available in all cars at some point, so that teenagers with iPads or carpooling business people with laptops can access the internet and the cloud while on the move. Right now, these kinds of things are only possible if a consumer has access to a cellular data plan or a mobile hot spot, but if the car itself were to provide this access to the internet, life would not only be much easier but the people using these products could save their data plans for other uses.
Toyota hopes to equip every Toyota truck, car and SUV of the future with access to a network of satellites that would completely forgo the cellular providers’ pricy 4G networks. One estimate by research firm Gartner predicts that one in five vehicles driving around in the world by 2020 will have wireless connectivity. That’s 250 million automobiles worldwide, and they’re all going to have their own means of accessing that data. Toyota clearly hopes to be a frontrunner in making this technology available, and we like the steps they’re taking to make it a real