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Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: Almero on January 16, 2017, 10:04:29 pm

Title: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Almero on January 16, 2017, 10:04:29 pm
Hi all.

Spent last weekend riding the well-trodden R355 through the Tankwa. 3 Teneres together, the three Teners  ;)

Stops included the Tankwa Padstal, Skaapstekertjie Plaas and De Mond. Man was it hot! Thank goodness for the brilliant swimming at De Mond's river.

What made this trip stand out was the inclusion of a brand new semi-autonomous DJI Mavic drone. Check out the short video below. GoPros are so old fashioned!

Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Riaande on January 16, 2017, 10:11:10 pm
Nice aerial perspective, Tankwa looking super dry.
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Draadwerk on January 16, 2017, 10:12:22 pm
Man, that thing is wonderful. Give us all the details please. I want one
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Buffel B on January 16, 2017, 10:14:04 pm
Great !!!!
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: whitedelight on January 16, 2017, 10:25:24 pm
Cool vid. What speed can that drone for?? Looks like you were riding very slowly when it was in the air. Does it have that follow me function
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Almero on January 16, 2017, 10:27:47 pm
Man, that thing is wonderful. Give us all the details please. I want one

DJI Mavic Pro. Incredible piece of kit. About 30 min fly time on a battery. 4K video. Can follow you and find its way home autonomously. And it fold ups small enough to fit in a tank bag. Apparently Apple Store is gonna stock them soon.

This one belongs to my mate (the guy in the vid constantly looking down to keep tabs on his pricey investment flying above).

More info:
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Almero on January 16, 2017, 10:30:28 pm
Cool vid. What speed can that drone for?? Looks like you were riding very slowly when it was in the air. Does it have that follow me function

It can do about 60 miles per hour. It does follow autonomously, but we found it lost us above about 40kph. Ideally you'd probably need a pillion to be the dedicated pilot.
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Draadwerk on January 16, 2017, 10:35:48 pm
Very nice. But is does seem somewhat cumbersome to pilot the thing, right? Not meant for use on a busy road with other road users really?
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Almero on January 16, 2017, 10:43:53 pm
Very nice. But is does seem somewhat cumbersome to pilot the thing, right? Not meant for use on a busy road with other road users really?

It uses GPS to keep itself in place in the wind. And has ultra sonic sensors to prevent collisions. So you won't crash it. But yeah, it does require a fair amount of user input to keep up and get decent shots. They'll likely improve the following function in future updates.
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: whitedelight on January 16, 2017, 10:45:14 pm
Would be cool shooting something like Katbakkies,but might struggle to keep up.
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Manic on January 17, 2017, 12:14:22 am
40kph?

Sheet, so ek moet half trottle in 1ste rat ry vir 30min lank  :imaposer:

Maar dit is super cool, moet saamstem  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Oubones on January 17, 2017, 05:45:33 am
Dit is nou lekker speelding.
Dit sal lekker werk vir moeilike areas, dink net as jy kan kyk uit die lug hoe lyk die pad vorentoe deur die bos of rivier voor jy ry en dan afneem soos die ouens uitsweet.
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Mr D on January 17, 2017, 07:28:23 am
Uber cool - thanks for sharing
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Coxwain on January 17, 2017, 07:55:43 am
Dammmmmm .....I want one of those ......but at R23k its an expensive piece of kit.
I see Drone World has them in stock.
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: LukasB9 on January 17, 2017, 08:16:11 am
Very cool toy! Thanks for the share, I liked the vid  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: TerrorSA on January 17, 2017, 09:01:16 am
Very nice video  :thumleft:
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: RobLH on January 17, 2017, 01:18:35 pm
Great perspective, thanks.
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Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on January 17, 2017, 04:55:30 pm
Cool Bananas !

I need one too.

 8)
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Gallivanter on January 17, 2017, 08:43:26 pm
Awesome! :thumleft: Footage is great, gives a whole new perspective on the Karoo. Pity it's so dry...

Love me a drone!
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: TornadoF5 on January 19, 2017, 09:49:21 am
Really kewl, but I think this video has just rendered all other traditional riding videos obsolete....... In time to come they will get more affordable by then there will prob be many regulations out to govern them too
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: tgg on January 22, 2017, 02:43:41 pm
great.

Just remember  if does a rth, it goes back from where it launched, that could be many km back :imaposer:
Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Jaakmh on January 22, 2017, 08:46:12 pm
Lekker toy!  Really nice video. Gives one a whole new perspective on riding and trip memories. No more boring pics. Now you can truly capture the full adventure. Combine helmet cameras and drone footage


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Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: Bring It On on January 29, 2017, 09:49:55 pm
Very nicley done Almero :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Thank you so much for sharing this awesome video with us.

I was really looking forward to this video that you told us about when we met you guys near DuVlei coffee shop on Saturday the 14th. It was a real treat to see that truly AWESOME drone you had & thanks as well for given us a little demonstration  ;D ;)

Title: Re: 1 Night in the Tankwa (with drone footage).
Post by: TK on January 30, 2017, 08:15:32 am
Neat piece of kit..............interesting choice of music though.