Renault concept comes with scouting drone

The Renault KWID is a concept multi-purpose vehicle that comes with its very own drone for scouting terrain and traffic conditions.

The Renault KWID is a concept multi-purpose vehicle that comes with its very own drone for scouting terrain and traffic conditions.

(Credit: Renault)

Renault has unveiled its latest concept at the Delhi Auto Expo, a concept vehicle for the Indian market boasting a robust design — and what the company is calling the Flying Companion, a drone that can be controlled by a tablet mounted on the car's dash.

The drone, the company said, has two modes of operation: the aforementioned manual mode, where a passenger (hopefully) can remote-control the drone; and a pre-programmed flying sequence using GPS location. "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 said.

(Credit: Renault)

Inside, it features several interesting design features. The driver is seated in the centre rather than one side of the vehicle, with room for one passenger on either side. The driver's seat is pushed forward for better arm and shoulder room. This arrangement, Renault said, meets international driving demands, able to be driven in both left- and right-handed driving conditions. The rear seat has enough space for two passengers.

The interior design is inspired by a snug bird's nest. The solid white seats are wrapped in a net-like elastomer material that provides cushioning, and rear air conditioning provides coolness in warm climates. Meanwhile, two wing doors keep the size down, and chunky wheels give the appearance of an off-roader in spite of its two-wheel drive transmission.

(Credit: Renault)
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