Drones are unmanned flying vehicles. Your state of Flying vehicle offers them a series of important advantages: they can achieve remote or inaccessible sitesor move on rivers and seas.
But at the same time, they are useless on earth, where they can only… roost. There are places inaccessible by plane, for example inside a dense forest, or in the event of a strong storm, where flying drones are useless.
HUVER brings together the best of drones and ground vehicles, in the form of an autonomous flying tank. You can see it in action in this video:
HUVER This is a European Union project involving companies from 5 countries, including Spain’s Everis, which is now part of NTT Data.
The current prototype HUVER It measures 137 long by 84 cm wide, and weighs 23 Kilos.
To have two independent locomotion systems. when it’s on the ground moves like a tank slide with its steps on the most difficult terrains, including mud and snow, as you can see in the video. Thanks to its lightness, it can also climb rocks and cross them.
When it flies, it uses the propellers cleverly placed between the steps.
The great advantage of HUVER it is that at any time we can make a vertical takeoff, and fly like a drone.
At least from what you see in the video, at low altitudes his steps don’t seem to affect his mobility, which is excellent.
HUUVER is one of the first autonomous vehicles fully integrated into the Galileo satellite network, the European alternative to GPS. Simply mark a point on the map to get there, by driving or flying.
The ground advance consumes less battery, so it has more range than a drone that just flies.
With the prototype already complete and running at full capacity, the next step is to start testing it in real missions combining flight and ground work.