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Renault Kwid comes with RC drone

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SHOW concept crossover SUV is equipped with remote-control Flying Companion that launches from roof.

KWID Renault SUVWe're used to seeing motor show concepts with extreme accessories, but Renault has just taken it to a new height -- airspace level.

The French brand's Kwid crossover concept launched at India's Auto Salon includes a remote-control spy drone that launches from a dock at the back of the vehicle's roof and heads out on missions to find you parking spaces, scout for traffic problems and even take a few aerial holiday snaps -- presumably for loading to your social media updates.

The quadricopter drone is operated via a tablet in the cabin, but if your passenger doesn't want to play (or you don't want them to get their clumsy mitts on the controls), it can fly in pre-programmed modes using GPS to monitor its path and position.

The rugged-looking little Kwid crossover is a three-door hatch with offset positions for three -- the two passengers flanking the driver -- in two-tone elastic strap-design seating Renault says was inspired by birds' nests.

Are we going to see the drone offered as an option on future Renaults? It's highly unlikely, with the Kwid being just a show attraction. Which is something of a shame, because it probably does a more reliable job than the onboard satnavs that will lead you astray in many cars. And would definitely be more fun.

Watch Renault's Kwid concept crossover in action on our desktop site.

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  • Drone quadricopters (like the one used here) can turn into deadly missiles in the hands of unskilled operators, or even if a gust of wind blew a plastic bag into the propellors. It'd be so much simpler (and safer), for the car to 'launch' a drone that's basically a tethered helium balloon with camera, that it reels in and out. A tethered balloon drone can be powered from the car. To make it safer and more agile, its motive power could simply be compressed air pumped from the car. Using compressed air is interesting - at a high enough rate, it makes the tether semi-rigid. This is interesting because this may help recover the drone even if the helium balloon was punctured.

    Sonam Chauhan of Sydney Posted on 08 February 2014 11:55am
  • Shut up and take my money

    Oubi of perth Posted on 08 February 2014 10:10am
  • It's a bit of a novelity but silly in reality. Quadcopters need someone to control them otherwise they would crash into objects so that means at least 2 people in the car: i to drive and the other to control the quadcopter. I also doubt a small quad would be fast enough to keep up with a car as it was being driven like in the promo video. Then there is the legal issue of flying these things in a build up area. In Australia CASA has strict rules with regard to RC controlled air vehicles. Nice idea but it won't be allowed for the general public to use.

    Alby Bach of Brisbane Posted on 08 February 2014 8:05am

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