Renault Kwid concept car has its own drone, we Kwid you not

Renault has announced a concept car that has its own drone, so you can check out the traffic up ahead from the comfort of the driver's seat.

Flying cars might still be a way off, but Renault has announced the next best thing -- a car that has its own drone.

You launch the quadrocopter and then control it through either a tablet PC built into the Renault Kwid's dashboard, or by setting GPS waypoints. It can then tell you about forthcoming obstacles in the road, show you pictures of what's up ahead so you can gauge the traffic, or just video you as you drive, if you want your own Top Gear-style video package of you nipping to the shops.

The front seat can accommodate three people, with the driver sitting in the middle, strangely. Apparently the inside was inspired by a bird's nest. Makes you wonder about these designer types doesn't it.

It's powered by a 1.2-litre engine, with a dual-clutch gearbox. Renault has also hinted that the Kwid could use an electric motor, though it hasn't given any more details.

The Kwid is just a concept at the moment, so there's no telling if we'll ever see it hit the road. If you see a horde of drones hovering over the next traffic jam you're in, you'll know that Renault has probably put it into production. Either that, or someone's ordered a lot of packages from Amazon.

Here's a video of the Kwid in action.

It's designed for the Indian market, to get young customers interested in Renault. It's very small too, standing just 3.6m long. As it's just a concept at the moment, there's no word on how many Kwid you'll have shell out to buy one. Sorry, couldn't help myself.

Would you buy a car that has its own drone? Will the flying things be a nuisance in the future? Tell me your thoughts in the comments below, or fly on over to our Facebook page.

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