We’ve all had this before. You sit in your car and you’re like, “Oh man, oh boy, there’s something I forgot. I just know that.” But you’ve come out of the driveway now and you’re in traffic and you just can’t think of what it was. Then, as you take the freeway, you say to yourself, “Ah! What a fool, I’m doing this Everytime. I forgot my dang car tracking drone again. “
Good news: Mazda has filed a patent application that solves that. You will never lose your car tracking drone again with this technology that allows it to sit in the back of your vehicle, readily available for all the things you use it for. And even better, the days of your drone straying away or returning home with other drivers are over, because this one is tethered to your car.
The drone would be launched from a sort of miniature helipad mounted on the rear window. As you can see from the illustration above, there is a mechanism to link the drone and pad to the overall electronics of the car so that you can launch it on command. The circular device (labeled 34) is a coil of cable that keeps the drone attached to the vehicle.
Anyone who’s ever owned pre-bluetooth headphones, a laptop charger, or a garden hose will know that rolling something up is a great way to make sure it stays tangled up forever. In theory, however, this would prevent the drone from being seen as separate from the car, tied to the umbilical cord. Now whether or not that would exceed any kind of license to, say, use it on the road, depends on who makes those decisions.
The drone of the patent application is explicitly useful as a camera. In this case, it could have real applications; Ford has suggested auxiliary drones in case of sensor failure on autonomous vehicles and there’s no denying that this would give you, like a weird supervillain robot, another chance to look at your surroundings. But how many people would love to have a lousy helipad all over the rear window just for the chance to spot every now and then what the people in the car behind the Starbucks control of yours were at the drive-thru?
Of course, what people actually use for camera drones with cars is already making cinematically self-indulgent driving videos whatever the fanciest vehicle they can get their hands on across the board. coolest scenery near them. Mazda drivers already suffer from a long list of stereotypes, but so far “YouTuber” hasn’t really been one of them. Again.
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