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Drone Tracking Tesla

Discussion in 'Video' started by benjiejr, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    This was my second flight with the DJI Phantom 4 and I was testing out some of the features. If you'd like to go to the part where it tracks the Tesla, skip to 4:32. It was recorded in 4K.

     
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  2. hobbes

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    Wow, talk about fun toys! Jealous...

    Did a sea kayaking trip in Baja a couple of years ago, that would have been a nice way to get some cool shots!
     
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  3. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    Yeah @hobbes! That would definitely give you some cool perspective!
     
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    Looks great, didn't notice any stuttering, it was very smooth and its proper 4k. :)
     
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  5. GoTslaGo

    GoTslaGo Learning Member

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    Very cool!

    Can the drone look forward of the car, let's say several miles to tell you traffic conditions? Or does it have to look at the object it is tracking? How fast can it track, can it follow the car at speed?

    I've always thought it would be great to have a drone that can track my car and give me instant video feed of traffic ahead, so when I get stuck in a commute I can decide whether to exit or just stick it out. Obviously Tesla gives you real time traffic conditions on the google map.

    Thanks for the video!
     
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  6. Johan

    Johan Took a TSLA bear test. Came back negative.

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    Amazing video and very cool feature that active track. Do you need a license to fly this in the US? Do you need to check in with local air traffic controllers?
     
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  7. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    Thank you kindly!

    No, it currently cannot look forward for this purpose. It basically keeps the camera's focus on the object and tends to want to follow the object (I'm guessing due to the collision sensors only being in the front as of now; this might change in the future with more sensors all around). I believe in this mode the max speed is 35.8mph (57.6kph). I really like your ideas and think it's possible to do in the future.

    In the US, to fly a drone under 55 lbs recreationally you just need to fill out a simple registration with the FAA. If you fly commercially, then you also need a pilot's license (as of this time, I think there is some work to be done here because that's overkill.) You cannot fly within 5 miles of an airport and need ATC clearance if you do; otherwise, outside of 5 miles, you can fly up to 400 ft high.
     
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    Maybe something like you'd like the Renault KWID concept?
     
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  9. GoTslaGo

    GoTslaGo Learning Member

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    ^^^
    Love the one comment on the youtube video---

    "Why???"

    Guess that person never got stuck in traffic ;)

    Thanks MorrisonHiker!
     
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    Looks great)
     
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    Awesome way to show off the car - i am also looking at one of these Phantom 4, upgrade from my Bebop
     
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  12. ggnykk

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    Great drone and video! Got a question, is it possible to use the follow-me or follow-car feature with the camera pointing more into the horizon (instead of camera pointing almost straight down). It think the viewer would get a much better sense of the surrounding scenery with the camera pointing more horizontally.


    By the way, I think it will be a very long time before the drone and fly ahead of the car to detect traffic. You need to basically live feed gps data and your planned route from the car to the drone, so the drone know where to fly two miles ahead. Currently, the drone is just using computer vision (camera) to make the follow function possible. The drone has to easily "see" your car in order for it to work. I bet if you drive your car on the street/highway and your car is mixing in with tons of other cars, the drone will get confused right away.
     
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  13. benjiejr

    benjiejr Technogeekextraordinaire

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    Thank you! Yes, I believe I could have brought the drone down more to get the perspective you are looking for, but in this scenario I was afraid of it hitting the light poles so I put it up above them. The obstacle avoidance sensors are only on the front and this being my first time trying the follow feature, I wasn't comfortable testing that feature. lol Thanks for your comments!
     
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    haha, cool. Maybe there is a feature where you can still fly it above the light poles, i.e. the drone is flying maybe 30 feet behind you and high up, and the camera is pointing horizontally to capture you and the surrounding scenery.
     
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  15. VerityZooms

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    On a slightly-related-but-not-really note, have you seen how they stop you from doing this? :D

     
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