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(KHOU Houston)   In case you didn't think drones were already annoying, they're now being used to film local car dealership commercials. "Those video perspectives, I mean, they're awesome"   (khou.com) divider line 49
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2014-01-03 07:18:32 AM  
dr'ownd!
 
2014-01-03 07:27:51 AM  
CSB: When I was visiting LegoLand last year, they were shooting ad footage of roller coasters and the water skiing show with two different camera drones. One of the security guys told me the company filming was the same one that shoots a lot of car footage for dealerships.

That was March of 2013. This has been going on for awhile. And honestly, it's pretty cool to see in action!
 
2014-01-03 07:28:48 AM  
Fark you Dronemore.

/got nothing.
 
2014-01-03 07:31:26 AM  
It's all fun and games till someone gets hurt by a falling drone.
 
2014-01-03 07:32:29 AM  
I finally just got a gimbal for my Phantom, so I'm getting a kick out of these replies...
 
2014-01-03 07:52:33 AM  
All depends on who's watching I guess......

i1280.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-03 07:57:53 AM  
Doesn't the FAA tend to clamp down on these kinds of uses? Last I heard they weren't quite clearly within their purview to do so, but doing it anyway.
 
2014-01-03 08:07:25 AM  
 
2014-01-03 08:09:41 AM  

CitizenjaQ: Doesn't the FAA tend to clamp down on these kinds of uses? Last I heard they weren't quite clearly within their purview to do so, but doing it anyway.


What're they gonna do? Scramble fighters for a remote controlled helicopter hovering 25ft above Expressway Dodge?

/because that'd be sweet
 
2014-01-03 08:15:24 AM  
Lights, camera ,  act... prepare to die!
 
2014-01-03 08:23:19 AM  
Headline by Al Qaeda?
 
2014-01-03 08:24:12 AM  
So c'mon down to Crazy Al's Car Lot and pick up that brand new or used car of your dreams! Remember, I know where you live!
 
2014-01-03 08:27:32 AM  
All our local car dealers commercials are still shot using a loud guy in front of a green screen.
 
2014-01-03 08:36:49 AM  
Until the Pterodactyls threatened to unionize and demand onions for their belts, most of the car dealer aerial shots were done for chicken feed by live camera holders.

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-01-03 08:40:35 AM  
PULL!
 
2014-01-03 08:43:47 AM  
All these 'experts' droning on and on and on about drones. That's pretty annoying.
 
2014-01-03 08:53:08 AM  
I like this angle....."We're blowing the living shiat out of high prices!"

www.posteritati.com
 
2014-01-03 09:07:01 AM  
We need to come up with a word to distinguish this:

images.bit-tech.net

From this:

dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-01-03 09:07:05 AM  
I thought "drones" were self-guided vehicles.  These are just the next-generation RC choppers.  What's the big deal?
 
2014-01-03 09:11:19 AM  

Jews for Hitler: So c'mon down to Crazy Al's Car Lot and pick up that brand new or used car of your dreams! Remember, I know where you live!


What? I think you're being a bit paranoid over the word "drone." It's a camera lashed to a whirlygig, not Skynet.

Or maybe I've got it wrong somehow. Is there any fundamental difference between "drone" and "RC car?" A certain level of autonomy, I guess?
 
2014-01-03 09:15:21 AM  

I'm all set for the coming drone wars:


i976.photobucket.com
 
2014-01-03 09:20:58 AM  

Mentalpatient87: Jews for Hitler: So c'mon down to Crazy Al's Car Lot and pick up that brand new or used car of your dreams! Remember, I know where you live!

What? I think you're being a bit paranoid over the word "drone." It's a camera lashed to a whirlygig, not Skynet.

Or maybe I've got it wrong somehow. Is there any fundamental difference between "drone" and "RC car?" A certain level of autonomy, I guess?


There isn't.  This is a camera on an RC helicopter.
 
2014-01-03 09:23:52 AM  

flak attack: Mentalpatient87: Jews for Hitler: So c'mon down to Crazy Al's Car Lot and pick up that brand new or used car of your dreams! Remember, I know where you live!

What? I think you're being a bit paranoid over the word "drone." It's a camera lashed to a whirlygig, not Skynet.

Or maybe I've got it wrong somehow. Is there any fundamental difference between "drone" and "RC car?" A certain level of autonomy, I guess?

There isn't.  This is a camera on an RC helicopter.


That's what they want you to believe. Wake up, man! It's only a matter of time before they start shooting us from space if we don't buy Pepsi products!
 
2014-01-03 09:26:20 AM  

mbillips: We need to come up with a word to distinguish this:

[images.bit-tech.net image 850x621]

From this:

[dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com image 850x637]


That word is "quadcopter".
 
2014-01-03 09:26:59 AM  

mbillips: We need to come up with a word to distinguish this:

[images.bit-tech.net image 850x621]

From this:

[dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com image 850x637]


At Whitetail Ski resort we use an RC quad copter very similar to that one that has a gopro mount.  We use it for all kinds of stuff.  We still call it our drone.  It's a lot of fun, but high winds ground it.
 
2014-01-03 09:33:38 AM  

gweilo8888: mbillips: We need to come up with a word to distinguish this:

[images.bit-tech.net image 850x621]

From this:

[dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com image 850x637]

That word is "quadcopter".


Yeah, but pretty much 100 percent of alarmist headlines about "drones" being used in the US are just talking about RC quadcopters with cameras on them.
 
2014-01-03 09:35:00 AM  

Basily Gourt: I'm all set for the coming drone wars:
[i976.photobucket.com image 600x463]


I've always wondered how they aimed those punt guns. I'm assuming some sort of tall, swivel mount?
 
2014-01-03 09:53:44 AM  
ESPN used some quadcopters during the Rose Bowl, including the cool shot starting on the stadium name and panning up and over to see the huge crowd.
 
2014-01-03 09:54:27 AM  

BitwiseShift: Until the Pterodactyls threatened to unionize and demand onions for their belts, most of the car dealer aerial shots were done for chicken feed by live camera holders.

[upload.wikimedia.org image 600x450]


Hey, it's a living.
 
2014-01-03 09:55:39 AM  

flak attack: What? I think you're being a bit paranoid over the word "drone." It's a camera lashed to a whirlygig, not Skynet.

Or maybe I've got it wrong somehow. Is there any fundamental difference between "drone" and "RC car?" A certain level of autonomy, I guess?

There isn't.  This is a camera on an RC helicopter.


To save myself some time, I'll copy a response I made on another site to the same basic question:

"It's honestly hard to say. The military usage of the term involves both autonomous and remotely-piloted craft of all sizes, which paints a pretty broad definition.

So for the RC hobbyist, the next couple of years are going to be interesting. We've had FPV kit for planes, helis and multirotors for quite some time, giving the pilot a "drone's eye view", which is not at all far removed from the kind of things the military does with them. That's the issue; while we use this type of equipment on our models as an extension of the flight experience, when it comes down to brass tacks the data coming from the aircraft (camera feed, positional/GPS info, craft status telemetry) is the exact same kind of data the military gets from their drones.

We've been doing this sort of thing for years... it's only been recently with the widespread and highly publicized usage of unmanned military aircraft that we've seen the likelihood of our hobbies being legislated. So there's really no way to answer your question until the government decides what the difference is, if any."


It's all going to come down to if the government chooses to make a distinction between the two. I don't have a good feeling about this, since the view I get through a set of FPV goggles when flying my quad is not markedly different from what a Predator pilot sees on his console.
 
2014-01-03 09:57:36 AM  

mbillips: I've always wondered how they aimed those punt guns. I'm assuming some sort of tall, swivel mount?


They were bolted right to the boats. Small boats called punts, in fact.
 
2014-01-03 10:31:06 AM  
NCSB:

I was in the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada last year.  There's some great rock formations and petroglyphs and such.  Some assmunch German tourist was using one of those quadcopters to make a video of it flying through the middle of one of the stone arches.  The noise was very disturbing, considering that the desert is normally a very quiet place.  You could hear it a mile away.  And he spent an hour flying the thing over this one (admittedly cool) rock formation, and nobody else could take a picture of it without getting his stupid toy in the way.

Douchebags are always the first to have things like this, and always the first to ruin things for everyone else.

If it was low enough, I would have thrown rocks at it.
 
2014-01-03 10:34:20 AM  
Serious Question Time: Who here has ever been "annoyed" by a drone? Follow Up Question: Why?
 
2014-01-03 10:36:40 AM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: It's all going to come down to if the government chooses to make a distinction between the two. I don't have a good feeling about this, since the view I get through a set of FPV goggles when flying my quad is not markedly different from what a Predator pilot sees on his console


Yup, all of that, and the fact that even cheap RC quadcopters are now able to easily reach 2,000 foot altitudes, and can fly and land autonomously, without controller input. While they don't carry weapons, the technologies between the two are rapidly narrowing.
 
2014-01-03 10:41:36 AM  
Great, "drones" are the new "hoax devices" in the media apparently.
 
2014-01-03 10:48:01 AM  

Lets talk frankly about internal cleanliness: I don't have a good feeling about this, since the view I get through a set of FPV goggles when flying my quad is not markedly different from what a Predator pilot sees on his console.


commentmideast.com

I'm thinking it's a different view.
 
2014-01-03 11:11:08 AM  

Jews for Hitler: flak attack: Mentalpatient87: Jews for Hitler: So c'mon down to Crazy Al's Car Lot and pick up that brand new or used car of your dreams! Remember, I know where you live!

What? I think you're being a bit paranoid over the word "drone." It's a camera lashed to a whirlygig, not Skynet.

Or maybe I've got it wrong somehow. Is there any fundamental difference between "drone" and "RC car?" A certain level of autonomy, I guess?

There isn't.  This is a camera on an RC helicopter.

That's what they want you to believe. Wake up, man! It's only a matter of time before they start shooting us from space if we don't buy Pepsi products!


I live in Atlanta.  I dare Pepsi to try it.  We'll have defense systems in place within a week if they try and take our Coke.
 
2014-01-03 11:12:53 AM  

mbillips: Yeah, but pretty much 100 percent of alarmist headlines about "drones" being used in the US are just talking about RC quadcopters with cameras on them.


So complain that they're using the wrong word, don't complain that the word doesn't exist. (And before anybody says "What about hexa / octo / etc.-copters", just say "Multicopter".)
 
2014-01-03 11:47:28 AM  

mbillips: We need to come up with a word to distinguish this:

[images.bit-tech.net image 850x621]

From this:

[dronewarsuk.files.wordpress.com image 850x637]


The one on the bottom is called a military drone.

The one on the top is called WATCH OUR NEWS CHANNEL OR YOU WILL MOST LIKELY DIE AND YOUR CHILDREN WILL BE SOLD INTO SLAVERY!!!
 
2014-01-03 12:28:56 PM  
interesting.  the FAA bans the use of making a profit from drone video/photography.  i wonder how they got around this rule
 
2014-01-03 12:43:38 PM  
"In case you didn't think drones were already annoying..."

I didn't. Why should I?
 
2014-01-03 01:05:31 PM  
Unattended Aerial  Vehicles, or UAVs, are quite different from "drones'. Whenever I hear "drone" on the news, with an exception to the military typpe, I cringe a little inside. A UAV and a drone are quite different. My wife doesn't understand why I get so pissed at this, but then again she's not the one in the garage building and fiddling with them. not to mention the field of law emerging to restrict then in tard states likes Texas. I tink  people referring to "my property" in cases like this should be thrown out, if you are using it, or any derivative method of using that may garner you financial gain. just remove the incentive, people. the hobby is being ruined by those that can, and those that serve to piggyback on the benefits of such hobbies.
 
2014-01-03 01:08:05 PM  

bjmidkiff2: I thought "drones" were self-guided vehicles.  These are just the next-generation RC choppers.  What's the big deal?


They are all Drones in the same way that Obama is a Liberal.
 
2014-01-03 01:12:00 PM  
Link must be busted.

All I get is a story about a REMOTE-CONTROLLED TOY HELICOPTER.
 
2014-01-03 01:21:54 PM  
Just sent this link to my boss. We've been working on a quad for the last year, and it's been sitting in the back, ready to roll, waiting for some salesman to actually get off his ass and sell the service.

Of course, I'm the only one who seems to be able to fly it without crashing it...

ecx.images-amazon.com
 
2014-01-03 01:24:49 PM  

CheapEngineer: bjmidkiff2: I thought "drones" were self-guided vehicles.  These are just the next-generation RC choppers.  What's the big deal?

They are all Drones in the same way that Obama is a Liberal.


Cue the "All weapons are AK-47s according to the LameSCREAM Media" graphic.....
 
2014-01-03 02:16:53 PM  

Combustion: Serious Question Time: Who here has ever been "annoyed" by a drone? Follow Up Question: Why?


Check the post above yours. That guy had his trip ruined by a buzzing noise and a thing in the air.
 
2014-01-03 03:03:44 PM  

Basily Gourt: I'm all set for the coming drone wars:
[i976.photobucket.com image 600x463]


I heard somebody refer to those as "punt guns" and I can't imagine it being used in that fashion without serious injury to both shooter and holder.  These guns were mounted, and could take out low aircraft as far as i know.  They effectively destroyed entire flocks of birds.  Thing is, these were banned just as airplanes began to be invented and used.  Even then they were very custom and fallowed no standard. They weren't banned because of planes, but due to the fact people were making birds extinct with them.   It didn't get a chance for warfare as far as I know.  I could see such a gun being used in desperation on the battlefield in the face of some of the first armed aircraft.
 
2014-01-03 03:43:24 PM  

kd8our: Basily Gourt: I'm all set for the coming drone wars:
[i976.photobucket.com image 600x463]

I heard somebody refer to those as "punt guns" and I can't imagine it being used in that fashion without serious injury to both shooter and holder.  These guns were mounted, and could take out low aircraft as far as i know.  They effectively destroyed entire flocks of birds.  Thing is, these were banned just as airplanes began to be invented and used.  Even then they were very custom and fallowed no standard. They weren't banned because of planes, but due to the fact people were making birds extinct with them.   It didn't get a chance for warfare as far as I know.  I could see such a gun being used in desperation on the battlefield in the face of some of the first armed aircraft.


They were used by "market hunters" that supplied markets and restaurants with ducks.

There are a lot of those gag photos around from that time. I can't imagine you would survive the recoil from that monstrosity.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punt_gun
 
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