Capture your late-night handbrake turns with this ‘autonomous’ car-chasing camera drone

An American camera drone startup has come up with an eye-opening new feature for its products: automatic car following.

Skydio, a Californian upstart that makes, as its blurb says, “flying tools that free your hands and mind” (aka small autonomous aircraft fitted with cameras), has declared that its Skydio R1 quadcopter is now capable of following vehicles around while filming them.

“With the software update available today, R1 users now have the ability to follow cars and other vehicles. It is perfect for capturing all of the action on your next adventure, from off-road 4x4ing, autocross racing, to following your golf cart on the course,” burbled a statement from the company.

Follow-me mode is not a new concept for drones, particularly ones touted as mobile cameras for film or video projects. French dronemaker Parrot already offers follow-me mode for some of its range, as does Chinese firm DJI. The idea of a vehicle-specific

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