Renault Concept Car With Built-In Multicopter

       For your Saturday morning amusement, from a BBC automotive blog :
                                  Renault's Kwid concept packs a flying drone

It was inevitable, really, that car and flying drone would meet. And at this week’s Auto Expo India, they did. Renault’s Kwid concept off-roader broke cover in Delhi, and amid the usual show-car flourishes, including an amusing 1+2+2 seating arrangement, it showed off something entirely new: a built-in quadcopter drone. Called the Flying Companion, the drone operates either autonomously, following a pre-programmed flight sequence, or in manual mode, controlled via a tablet computer inside the car. According to Renault’s press materials, “The Flying Companion can be used for a variety of purposes, including scouting traffic, taking landscape pictures and detecting obstacles on the road ahead.” Renault states that the diminutive Kwid could be production-ready within two years – which, from the company that built such oddities as the Avantime and Twizy, are words to take seriously." (Photo: Renault, Text: BBC)

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Comment by Jesse on February 8, 2014 at 1:06pm

I had this idea a decade ago, to have a aerial vehicle flying up ahead of me, patrolling for cops. :-)

Comment by Phil Gordon on February 8, 2014 at 1:35pm

Their a bit behind the 8 ball these guys,I`ve been having my quad fly from my 1984 Nissan Pulsar for ages :) 

Comment by Roberto Navoni on February 8, 2014 at 1:48pm

We have a great application under development that doing exactly this function ... using gimbal ,too :) 

Comment by Dave Wicks on February 8, 2014 at 2:18pm
I can picture it now.. Sitting in my car with goggles on and issuing the voice command to "Return home for battery" and the system lands on the platform on the roof and a conveyer belt pulls out the battery and slaps a new one in and the system asks me "ready to launch?"

Ahhhh, hurry up technology!
Comment by Crashpilot1000 on February 8, 2014 at 3:17pm

Absolutely useless junk for Joe driving to work. Just an advertising joke to show: look we are innovative and young. How about pulling off a working concept without fossile fuels? No, we produce a driving pizzabox with quadcopter. Where is the dislike button in this forum?

Comment by Bob on February 8, 2014 at 5:40pm

This idea was out in the 90,s in a TV show Viper.ducted fan quad flew from a dodge viper.

Comment by Rob_Lefebvre on February 8, 2014 at 7:18pm

This is a great idea if you only drive your car at about 40 km/h for about 10 minutes at a time.

Comment by Emin Bu on February 9, 2014 at 4:40am
Comment by Jonathan Parrott on February 9, 2014 at 1:14pm
I think the main use for this UAV is for path scouting. The article does state that it's an off road vehicle so this UAV could be used for quickly finding the best path to go down a steep hill.
Comment by Project Nadar on February 9, 2014 at 2:07pm

Yeah and Amazon begun shipping items with their drones... It's the new marketing trend as it seems. I can write down as most of us in here at least 100 reasons why this can't be allowed to happen. 


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