style=’text-align: left;’>Eye in the Sky, a close-follow vehicle-companion drone, has won a $10,000 prize in a Silicon Valley, Calif., competition sponsored by the Toyota Motor Corp.
The winning app was created as part of Toyota's Onramp 2014 Challenge, where Eye in the Sky competed in a field of more than 20 teams of developers who were tasked with developing the best app for Toyota's Controller Area Network (CAN)-Gateway Electronic Control Unit, a platform that enables app developers to make use of vehicle data.
Equipped with cameras, the Eye in the Sky drone is able to autonomously follow and film a vehicle and provide video from an aerial perspective.
At the Dec. 6-7 event, participants were able to receive real-time vehicle data on mobile devices via Bluetooth, allowing them to interact with the cars on the courses. Six Scion FR-S vehicles were used to provide data on driving courses set up at the event.
‘We were excited about the unique opportunity to access this car data on a closed course. To combine that with a drone following the car was too unique an opportunity to pass up,’ says Eye in the Sky team member Nathan Schuett.
‘Our idea was to prove that the concept of parallel design and development would quickly bring a great product to life,’ adds teammate David Witt.