- A California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a vehicle on Friday that had a satellite dish bolted to the car's hood.
- The dish appears to be an antenna from SpaceX's Starlink service, which rolled out in October with a beta program.
- CHP told CNBC that the motorist received a ticket for a moving violation.
A California Highway Patrol officer pulled over a vehicle on Friday that had a satellite dish bolted to the car's hood, and the device appeared to be one of SpaceX's Starlink antennas.
"Sir I stopped you today for that visual obstruction on your hood. Does it not block your view while driving?" CHP of Antelope Valley wrote in a Facebook post about the incident.
CHP added that the motorist replied: "Only when I make right turns."
A representative of the law enforcement agency told CNBC that the motorist, driving a Toyota Prius, received a ticket for a moving violation. The motorist told CHP that they used the antenna to get Wi-Fi service for a business they operate out of the car.
SpaceX did not immediately respond to CNBC's request for comment.
Starlink is the company's capital-intensive project to build an interconnected internet network with thousands of satellites, known in the space industry as a constellation, designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers anywhere on the planet.
The "Starlink Kit" that is sent to customers includes four significant parts: The user terminal, also known as the antenna, a tripod mount, a Wi-Fi router and a power supply. SpaceX also offers rooftop mounting options for an additional cost.
SpaceX first rolled out the service in October with a beta program for select consumers for $99 a month and in the past year has sought regulatory approval to test the network inflight and expand the service to large moving vehicles, such as ships and trucks — but the antenna for vehicles is expected to look somewhat different from the dish currently sent to users at home.