Kymeta announced they will offer live drive experiences in their Ky2, satellite-connected RAV4, during Telematics Update Detroit June 7-8, 2017. Press, technology and automotive partners can experience firsthand how high-throughput mobile access is driving dramatic advancements for connected cars in personalized driving demonstrations. The Ky2 is equipped with a Kymeta KyWay terminal, featuring mTenna technology and KĀLO global access services. Mobile communications solutions from Kymeta will deliver applications, firmware over-the-air (FOTA), software over-the-air (SOTA), telematics information and infotainment globally – providing reliable, mobile connectivity anywhere you can see the sky.
“What you will see t is Kymeta’s first product providing a full living room-like entertainment experience and high bandwidth in-office capabilities in a moving car,” said Tom Freeman, Senior Vice President Land Mobile, Kymeta. “This is a first for consumer automobiles. Even more exciting, automotive OEMs can now be assured that all their vehicles will soon be safe and secure with the latest software updates delivered globally, securely, and cost effectively. In the Ky2 RAV4, we have mounted the Kymeta KyWay terminal on top of the vehicle. Ultimately, the terminal will shrink to only 20 CM and be fully embedded between the headliner and the roof of a vehicle.”
“There are a wide range of challenges facing the automotive industry today, in particular when it comes to connectivity,” said Dr. Nathan Kundtz, Founder, President and CEO, Kymeta Corporation. “With Kymeta, there’s this massive amount of capacity available for the first time on mobile platforms. But it doesn’t just stop there. That capacity is also global. It’s something that can touch every corner of the world, which means that you don’t need to worry about what country you’re in, or whether you are on the ocean, or in the air. That capacity can be provided anywhere.”
David Lamme of Kymeta’s Government Solutions team, has driven over 6,000 miles across America using Skype video conferencing, Netflix streaming video, cloud-based applications and cloud-based office productivity tools, voice recognition search and the internet all along the way. Ky2 has had excellent connectivity in areas of spotty terrestrial coverage and mobile network dead zones. Throughout the drive, the team has been testing coverage along the way with cellular side-by-side with satellite connectivity. With cellular, the revelation is that having bars does not equate to having a high-throughput connection. There have been many places where there are bars for cellular, yet no ability to even connect to the internet. In contrast, a satellite connection is there wherever you can see the sky and it is always a high bandwidth connection.
The Ky2 RAV4 will be featured at major industry events like the Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C. and Telematics Update Automotive Detroit in June, visiting customers all over the United States along the way. Tom Freeman will present “Beyond 5G – Delivering the Radically Connected and Safe Car Experience” at Telematics Update Detroit, on June 7 from 12:10 PM – 12:30 PM. Follow the entire journey and experience connectivity on the move by following #KyTrek on social media.
David Lamme, KGS Program Manager, reported that he logged over 6,000 miles on my Kymeta KyWayT terminal since leaving Redmond on April 19th, visiting over 15 different customers and partners across 7 states.
Lamme used capacity from the Intelsat satellite network from Redmond to Florida and up to Charleston, North Carolina. Even in remote locations with no cellular service, the KyWay satellite terminal kept him connected to the world and to Kymeta headquarters in Redmond, Washington – enabling access via VPN to the corporate intranet, and allowing him to share his desktop remotely via Skype or WebEx with Kymeta software engineering teams, so they could directly observe the antennas performance while on the move. (Most importantly, he could video chat with his wife in areas where he had no cellular coverage!) A passenger was able to watch Netflex.
David, from Kymeta’s Government Solutions team, is driving across America in a Toyota RAV4 equipped with a KyWay terminal – demonstrating mobile, reliable connectivity via satellite for two months stretching over 6,000 miles. The RAV4 will be featured at major industry events like MILSATCOM 2017, the Memorial Day Concert in Washington D.C. and TU-Automotive Detroit in June, visiting customers all over the United States on the way. Follow the entire journey and experience connectivity on the move unlike anything seen before! #KyTrek