Is Toyota turning the Mirai into a mobile network server?

2016 Toyota Mirai connected car Photo 3

Satellite-maker Kymeta drives possible breakthrough

Toyota displayed its latest in-car connectivity at the Detroit auto show this week. Partnering with American-based flat-panel antenna developer Kymeta, Toyota is trying to alleviate the bottlenecking of data that happens while using a standard mobile network, which is what connected cars currently use. With the prediction that bandwidth demands will only get worse in the future, Toyota slapped some specially developed Kymeta satellite antennas on top of the Mirai.

Ultimately, Toyota claims its goal is to transfer a terabyte of data, per month, per car. While that seems like an almost insane amount of bandwidth per month for those not running a server, it might, one day, be reasonable for a car. Considering today’s advancing autonomous systems and 3-D, terrain-mapped GPS, having a car with massive bandwidth might help make those systems work more smoothly.

We’re not sure if this show of technological force will really reach the roads, but we’re happy to see Toyota planning ahead to solve a future automotive problem.

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