Renault concept’s flying companion

Renault concept’s flying companion


Renault has unveiled a unique compact SUV concept car at the New Delhi motor show that comes with an onboard roving drone that can fly ahead of the vehicle to monitor traffic conditions.

The French car manufacturer calls the drone a “flying companion”, and it has it’s own “hangar” built into the roof of the KWID concept car.

Taking off from the rotating rear portion of the KWID concept’s roof, Renault says the flying companion can be operated in one of two modes – the automatic mode using a pre-programmed flying sequence and GPS location as well as the manual mode, which enables the companion to be controlled by using a tablet inside the vehicle.

The flying companion can be used for a variety of purposes according to Renault, such as scouting traffic, taking landscape pictures and detecting obstacles on the road ahead.

imagesRenault_54522_global844Renault presented the front-wheel-drive KWID concept in New Delhi with a 1.2-litre petrol turbocharged engine mated to a dual-clutch transmission, as well as an electric outlet plug behind the Renault logo for use as a zero emission vehicle if required. The French company says the car is predisposed for the fitting of batteries for electric use.

Other technology features include electric operated front bench seat on a centre rail, electric opening doors, LED lighting, lack of gearshift (command with touches next to the steering). The vertically-mounted TFT touchscreen display acts as the dashboard in the KWID and also provides access to connected services.

The KWID concept was designed with input from Renault Design India. The vehicle’s proportions and dimensions as well as very short overhangs give the impression of a buggy style of vehicle says Renault.

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