Brought this over from yesterday's
Originally Posted by TSavery
Services like finding a stolen car and onstar are not very likely at this point. Satellite radios are receivers only, and not approved for transmitting. In order to locate a car, police would need to receive a signal transmitted from the satellite radio. In addition, the satellites are not designed to locate sdars radios.
Onstar requires two way communication. Sdars does not have that yet. To get such a plan in place will take two years at least, and likely need FCC approval.
This is not to say that it is not possible. It is. However, there would be a lot that needs to happen in order for it to be real. There are more pressing issues that need to be dealt with first. Dreams like this will be on the back burner.
Originally Posted by relmor2003
Hate to break it to you, but the new sat. has uplink capabilities. Onstar? Onstar uses SiriusXM sats. I dont know if the uplink is just for Hughes black box, or for other uses, and new "revenue streams". As stated in there CC. Repeater upgrades and new sat. enables "new revenue streams".
I am really curious about any possible new capabilities. If I'm remembering correctly, Homer was pretty adamant that this satellite was simply an upgrade. But what the heck could they possibly be doing with that X-band uplink?
Let's say there is something to it and they have a plan to utilize the X-band. There would be FCC approval of whatever device that used the band, but that wouldn't take too long I would think (6 months maybe?). The big question is would you roll out some big program...like an onstar program with only 1 satellite and no backup? To me that doesn't seem likely... so I'm left scratching my head and hoping they have something planned, yet realistically, I'm not sure I see anything until at least FM-6 is in the air.