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A Polish inventor is searching for a European manufacturing company to produce a revolutionary hybrid car-quadcopter. Currently it is a remote-controlled model, but in future it will be developed to a full-scale multi-purpose vehicle to be used by rescue services, army and in sport.
An inventor with a Polish background has developed a revolutionary remote controlled hybrid car-quadcopter. On flat surfaces it can reach high speeds using its rear wheel drive. Due to its large wheel diameter of 210 mm it achieves outstanding performance in driving across difficult terrain. As the obstacles become too big, it can simply take-off and fly over them.
The transition from driving to flying is possible at any speed. While switching to flying mode, vehicle maintains the last driving speed, whilst already being in flying mode. The speed is set and cannot be changed, but user has control of the direction – it simply takes off by increasing the throttle. The switching between modes is done by the main controller that interfaces all electronic modules. The AVR 8 bit micro-controller, allows to trigger the video camera and switch between modes. In driving mode, propellers align automatically with the tires – passing air forces the propeller to stay inside the wheel.
The combination of the design and material selection creates a solid construction that is capable of surviving the worst of landings. When the vehicle crashes from high altitudes, the driving rings detach from the housing and can be easily put back together. The body shell not only serves as a protective and decorative feature, it is also a structural element. The chassis when combined with the body shell not only forms a rigid and light structure that maintains its shape when flying or driving, but is also flexible enough to absorb excessive forces generated during crash landings. For that reason, currently available model is an excellent platform for all users ranging from newcomers to experts. The wheels naturally guard the blades around them. If an impact occurs on the side of the vehicle, the prop-saver will protect the blades.
Quality electrical components including brushless motors, lithium batteries and sophisticated flight controller guarantee high performance and safety of operation.
HD camera (1280×720 px) on board can capture video footage from exploration missions or while performing acrobatic tricks. It enables shooting images and videos from extreme perspectives. The camera supports Micro SD Cards up to 32 GB.
The technological solution incorporated in the vehicle is currently protected by patent pending. The patentable aspect of the design is called PDU (Propelling Driving Unit). The patentable mechanism can be briefly described as any part of the propeller going through the vertical plane of the driving ring (such as a wheel or a caterpillar track). The basic model utilizes 4 wheel based PDUs, but this can vary in design such as 3, 4, 6, etc.
Future project development
Exploration Vehicle: the body of the vehicle could be covered in solar panels or the use wind energy to generate extra power in stationary mode. Even if the charging time would take a few days, the vehicle could autonomously conduct exploration missions, land in a safe place, charge and travel depending on environment either by flying or driving. Providing interesting video footage and still images, the vehicle might be able to discover new species that we may not have discovered yet (we have only discovered less than 15% of the world’s species).
Full-scale vehicle: a future sport could be born here as the vehicle can provide amazing performance in the air as well as on the ground. Sports such as motor-cross, but with more interesting tracks can create a new generation of extreme sporting events which were not possible before.
Full-scale rescue vehicle: that could get to the site of an accident before a helicopter or ambulance. Taking into account the fact that such full-scale vehicle could drive as well as fly, preparing a helicopter landing site would not be required anymore.
The model provides an extraordinary experience – it is virtually unstoppable, capable of transitioning between ground and air allowing the development of tricks otherwise impossible to achieve.
The project has a vast potential for development. In future it can be built as a small exploration vehicle to be used in scientific expeditions or military missions, as well as a full-scale vehicle used by rescue services or in extreme sports.
The Propelling Driving Unit (PDU) that is the main mechanism of the vehicle is an innovative solution, never before seen in other applications. The structure and principle of operation of the PDU is easy and allows various design variants, with 3, 4, 6 or 8 wheels, as well as caterpillars.
Carbon fibre frame, with POM wheel housings
Durable High quality POM gears and wheels
Fully painted polycarbonate canopy
Product dimensions :
L 470 mm
W 270 mm
H 205 mm
High quality brushless motors:
4 x 2212, 1560KV
1 x 2212, 1400 KV
High quality ESCs :
4 x 20 A SimonK multicopter ESC
1 x 25 A Car ESC
metal gear 2.5 kg torque
4x Propellers + aluminium prop adaptors
HD Camera + 32 GB microSD:
Real-time 30 fps Audio Video Digital 1280×720 Recording /32 GB microSD
Li-Po battery :
5000 mAh, 11.1 V, 20C
15-17 min of fun on single charge (combined performance)
11-12 min flying
18-20 min driving
Flight controller – CC3D
• 3-axis Gyroscope array: IDG-500 and ISZ-500
• 3-axis Accelerometer: ADXL345
• Simultaneous support for multiple receivers
• MainPort functions: serial telemetry (default), GPS, S.Bus, Spektrum/JR satellites.
• USB and serial telemetry and configuration
• Supported by powerful OpenPilot GCS
• 3C Quaternion based complementary filter running at 500Hz
5th channel flying/driving mode controller unit - Standard RC transmitters operate in the range of 300 meters. The vehicle is customisable therefore, it can be upgraded to longer range transmitter.
The small-scale vehicle is already available and manufactured in China. Its inventor would like to move its production to Europe and develop the project (multi-purpose small vehicle, large-scale vehicle).
Manufacturing company located in Europe that could produce the model and get involved in project development. Currently models are manufactured in China.
Project development would be focused on building special-purpose exploration vehicles as well as full-scale vehicles (rescue, military, sport, etc.).