(ORDO NEWS) — Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has announced that the new second-generation Starlink internet satellites will include cellular antennas to connect to phones from T-Mobile in the US and possibly other carriers.
He answered questions on Twitter about whether the connections would work with Tesla electric vehicles that currently connect to AT&T’s LTE network. Elon Musk answered yes.
He didn’t go into details about how it would all work or how long EV owners would have to wait for connections to be available when they were somewhere out of reach of terrestrial cell towers.
Elon Musk has said that Starlink’s satellite-to-cellular coverage will be capable of delivering 2-4Mbps connectivity that will be available to anyone within the satellite’s coverage area.
It probably won’t be enough for some premium connectivity features like live video feed from your car’s cameras. However, a connection that more or less works is still better than no connection.
It is also reported that new or used electric vehicles purchased today from Tesla will have standard connectivity for the remaining eight years from the first day the purchased vehicle was delivered to Tesla as new or the first day it is put into service, depending on what comes first.
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