We have argued recently, based on a previous Intelsat blog post, that satellites are, indeed, hard to kill, simply because they reach places no other access technology can cost effectively reach. But, when it comes to autonomous cars and the connections they will need to be secure and reliable, we are not sure satellites will deliver a competitive offering. The reasons stated by this blog post that make satellites a competitive option are not considering some technologies being developed for cellular networks, such as LTE Broadcast, which would allow car manufacturers to update cars’ software and offer other key information related to changes in roads, etc. The only competitive position satellites will have over terrestrial connections will be in those places where there are no terrestrial connections, in which case the autonomous vehicle will probably revert to human driving.
Satellites to Provide Vital Link to Connected Cars
Terrestrial Wi-Fi and cellular networks support just a portion of the grid that will be required to allow fully autonomous vehicles to navigate city streets and highways. Satellites will play an equally important role in delivering secure software updates and other critical information, such as mapping data, needed for the connected car … Keep reading the original post here
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