French 4x4 Concept Comes with its Very Own Drone [w/ video]
Renault makes some pretty wild and impressive concept cars, like the crazy Twizzy F1 Concept and the stunning Alpine A110-50. So forgive us as not being intially wowed by the Kwid concept from the Dehli Auto Show. Upon further examination though, we found something completely of note– the Kwid has its own drone. That's right, a drone! At first glance, the Kwid is a neat little compact crossover, with a raised ride height and off-road tires. It has McLaren-style butterfly doors, and is powered by a 1.2-liter turbocharged motor, mated to a dual clutch transmission. But the real story is under the deploying rear hatch.
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The four rotor drone can fly ahead of the vehicle on the trail and scout for obstacles, and can operate in automatic or manual mode. In manual, the driver would remotely control the drone, but in automatic, it would have to navigate based on a set of previously entered waypoints.
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If you think this is a silly or foolish feature, then you have not been off-roading alone. Bombing down the trail by yourself is fine, but to tackle the real tough rock crawling, you’d need a spotter. It’s how we did it with Jeep on the Rubicon Trail.
Though we would prefer a human spotter, if that is not an option, the use of a drone mapping the way for you could be very helpful.
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