Kymeta and Intelsat are to combine the latter’s space-based communications with Kymeta’s antenna technology to bring high speed connectivity to cars on a global basis. This will support software over-the-air applications, and advance the potential for autonomous driving, the companies noted.

Last month, Kymeta and Intelsat showed that a dish ground antenna was unnecessary for on-the-move satellite connectivity. The team completed an 8,000-mile demonstration across the United States using the Kymeta satellite-enabled test car. Over the course of the journey, the mTenna technology, embedded into the roof of the automobile, automatically acquired and tracked Intelsat Ku-band satellite signals while on the move.

“Satellite connectivity can best address the capacity, coverage and security concerns of conventional solutions to car connectivity. Better yet, these assets are available now. We don’t have to wait ten years for a next generation cellular network to be invented and deployed,” said Nathan Kundtz, CEO, Kymeta. “This will be crucial because five years from now, every car that comes off a production line should be connected. In fact, we should stop calling it the ‘connected car’, and just call it ‘the car’ because this is the future of automotive.”

“The automotive sector is a global business, where scalability and quality are essential to success,” added Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler. “We are enhancing the world’s largest satellite-broadband infrastructure with our next-generation fleet, Intelsat EpicNG, allowing us to deliver highly efficient broadband services in the air, sea, and with Kymeta, to the automotive sector. With our global connectivity, automotive manufacturers and car owners alike will benefit from consistent, highly reliable and secure connectivity, literally anywhere in the world. Intelsat is confident that the future of connected car means satellite-enabled.”