Kymeta News

June 9, 2016

Connected Vehicle Show News Roundup

A prototype vehicle satellite antenna, new fleet telematics packages, and other technological offerings were unveiled at the 16th annual TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 Conference & Exhibition.

Kymeta’s also gathered signatures and bumper stickers from all the places its unique  Toyota 4Runner visited over the last five months. (Photo by Sean Kilcarr/Fleet Owner)

NOVI, MI. A variety of “connected vehicle” technologies were on display at the 16th annual TU-Automotive Detroit 2016 Conference & Exhibition, held at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI, located on the outer fringes of the Motor City.

Kymeta Corp. showed off its prototype mTenna satellite antenna system, packaged in the roof of a Toyota 4Runner SUV that’s traveled 20,000 miles across the U.S. over the last five months to demonstrate how such antennas can provide high-speed data access to every vehicle on the road.

“For connected cars, satellite connectivity will usher in new technologies and services, and broader market potential for automobile manufacturers,” noted Tom Freeman, senior vice president for land mobile at Kymeta.

“Technology needs to keep pace as demand from drivers and passengers for enhanced access to entertainment, services and data while on the road continues to grow exponentially,” he added. “By utilizing the excess satellite capacity, our antenna eliminates the bandwidth and geographic limitations of current LTE and terrestrial access solutions.”

Octo Telematics launched its new OCTO Fleet telematics package for insurance companies providing coverage both large and small North American fleets at the show.

OCTO Fleet Lite is a self-installed solution for commercial fleets comprised of light- and medium-duty units via OBD 2 ports, providing “data intelligence” previously reserved for larger organizations. Then there is OCTO Fleet, a professionally installed solution for commercial fleets comprised of heavy-duty units that cannot support OBD 2 ports. This package assesses driver behavior (idle time, braking and cornering habits, etc.) while offering anti-theft protection.

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