A concept car developed based on the Mirai FCV
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A large amount of data can be shown on the in-vehicle display.
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Hexagonal antennas mounted on the roof
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Toyota Motor Corp announced Jan 12, 2016, a concept model of its "connected car" using a communication satellite (CS) at North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) 2016.

The vehicle was developed based on the Mirai FCV (fuel-cell vehicle).

Existing connected cars exchange various data via a wireless network such as for mobile phones. On the other hand, the concept car, "Kymeta Concept," uses a satellite connection in place of a wireless network, enabling to transmit a larger amount of data to any region of the world at high speeds. It is also useful in exchanging high-accuracy map data, which is necessary to realize autonomous driving.

Conventionally, parabolic antennas are used for satellite communications. However, they are large-size bowl-shaped antennas and cannot be easily mounted on, for example, the roof of a vehicle.

This problem was solved with a small planar antenna that Toyota developed in cooperation with Kymeta Corp. It is small and thin enough to be mounted on the roof.