A driver was ticketed in California on Friday for having what seemed to be a Starlink satellite tv for pc dish bolted to the hood of his car.
In a Fb put up describing the weird incident about 50 miles north of Los Angeles, a California Freeway Patrol (CHP) officer wrote that he advised the Toyota Prius driver: “I finished you right now for that visible obstruction in your hood. Does it not block your view whereas driving?” to which the motorist replied: “Solely after I make proper turns.”
The CHP officer then advised the motive force that for security causes it’s “unlawful to mount a satellite tv for pc dish to the hood” of a automotive, earlier than reserving him for a transferring violation.
In response to CNBC, the motorist mentioned he used the dish to get Wi-Fi service for a enterprise operated out of the automotive.
The incredulous CHP officer signed off from his Fb put up, saying, “These are the true tales of the Freeway Patrol. Secure travels everybody.”
For these not within the know, Starlink is a SpaceX initiative geared towards offering web by way of satellites deployed in low-Earth orbit. The corporate is already working a beta service, with prospects paying $99 a month for the service, plus a one-off charge of $499 for the gear that features the satellite tv for pc dish for house setup.
Whereas the corporate does in actual fact have plans to launch a Starlink service for automobiles reminiscent of plane, ships, and enormous vehicles, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said earlier this year mentioned that the equipment remains to be “a lot too large” for vehicles. Although clearly not everyone seems to be listening.
SpaceX launched its first Starlink web satellites in 2019 and has to this point deployed almost 2,000 of the small spacecraft by way of a number of rocket launches.
Throughout a chat eventually week’s digital Mobile World Congress occasion, Musk confirmed that the Starlink broadband service is now up and operating in 12 international locations, with extra coming on-line on a regular basis.
The SpaceX CEO mentioned Starlink at present has nearly 70,000 prospects, including that the service may have as many as half 1,000,000 subscribers throughout the subsequent 12 months — a big improve on the 10,000 customers it revealed that it had in February.
Musk mentioned that with extra Starlink satellites heading to low-Earth orbit this yr, international protection might be achieved as early as August, although nationwide regulators will after all have the ultimate say on Starlink’s final attain.