Drive a Car Only Through the Eyes of a Drone

Posted by Betsy Lillian on August 12, 2014 No Comments
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With the help of an unmanned aerial system (UAS), a man has developed a sort of real-life Mario Kart.

Tom Scott, who describes himself on his website as a writer and presenter of shows, posted a YouTube video entitled ‘Third Person Driving with a Drone,’ where two people separately drive a Mazda MX-5 Miata and race around a roadway filled with obstacles.

The catch is that they are wearing video goggles and can see only what a camera-equipped hexacopter is filming above them. They must travel among barriers – banana peels not included – and turn-arounds as they watch the car from a bird’s-eye view.

The footage shows the racers and the car make it through the course unharmed – with the occasional vocal guidance from the passenger, who is not shielded by goggles. U.K.-based Skypower provided the filming, as noted in the video’s description.

“I still can't quite believe we pulled this off.” Scott wrote in a comment on the video. “This is one of the best things I've ever been involved with.”

Watch the footage here.

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