DALLAS and FORT WORTH, TX -- Mouser Electronics Inc., together with Local Motors and celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, showcase the final build of a transformative 3D-printed vehicle with drone-launching technology. The Mouser version of the Local Motors Strati is the latest project from Mouser's highly popular Empowering Innovation Together™ program.
The video shows the final vehicle build, complete with "Fly Mode" drone interoperability. Fly Mode features a drone mounted on the rear of the vehicle that, when launched, gives the driver and passenger an unprecedented birds-eye view of the surroundings. Both can watch the drone's footage on dashboard-mounted viewing screens, providing a 360-degree perspective of the surroundings. Joining Imahara for the first official test drive is the winner of the Essence of Autonomy design contest, Finn Yonkers, whose design was the inspiration for this unique Empowering Innovation Together project. The project's overall aim was to explore the fascinating options available once self-driving vehicles become the norm.
Features of this innovative build combine electronic components from Mouser's valued manufacturer partners and platinum sponsors of the series, Maxim and Murata.
In addition to platinum sponsors Maxim and Murata, gold sponsors Lumileds and Phoenix Contact made this build possible. To learn more about all of Mouser's Empowering Innovation Together series — featuring the newly developed Innovation Lab for new projects ranging from bringing super hero technology to life to future projects like pushing the boundaries of drone technology.