The motive force with the SpaceX Starlink antenna hooked up to his automotive mentioned the dish blocks the view “solely once I flip proper”
The California Highway Patrol stopped a driver who had one of SpaceX’s Starlink antennas attached to the front of his car earlier this month.
“Sir, I stopped you on your hood today because of this obstruction. Doesn’t it block your view while driving? ”The officer asked the driver. “Only when I turn right,” replied the driver.
The driver used the satellite dish to receive WiFi for a business he runs from his car, reports CNBC.
The driver received a parking ticket for a ban on driving because the use of the key violated 26708 (a) (2) of the California Vehicle Code. SpaceX did not respond to a request for comment from The Independent.
Elon Musk had previously announced that it would develop Starlink so that it could be used on vehicles, planes and ships.
However, the CEO later had to make it clear that this was not about connecting private vehicles, including Tesla cars, as the terminal was too big. “This is for planes, ships, big trucks [and] RVs, ”he said.
The terminals used for vehicles will be slightly different from those available to customers, with special mounts and limited communication with certain SpaceX satellites.
There are currently over 1,000 Starlink satellites in low-earth orbit around the world, with users in the UK and US already signed up for early access. SpaceX plans to build a constellation of up to 40,000 satellites in the next few years.
The system is running in beta, although it will likely move into the next phase in the summer.
“Service availability, bandwidth, and latency are improving rapidly. Probably out of beta this summer, ”tweeted Mr Musk in April 2021. The change could mean more people can sign up for the service, which currently has over 10,000 users.
In a subsequent post, Mr. Musk said it will also “be fully mobile later this year so you can move it anywhere or use it on a mobile home or truck on the move”.