Pininfarina is an Italian auto design company famous for working closely with Ferrari, but also with other prestigious brands such as Alfa Romeo or Maserati. Now Pininfarina has decided to use its expertise in designing agile and aerodynamic (not to mention great-looking) machines in order to create a cool semi-autonomous flying drone dubbed the Sky Rider.
Basically a four-blade quadcopter, the Sky Rider is not your run-of-the-mill remote controlled contraption. Featuring the sleek look and black and red livery you’d expect from something created by the same company which collaborates with Ferrari, the drone comes with an integrated GPS, gyroscope, and video camera and weighs in at about 3.5 lbs. The Sky Rider can reportedly achieve an impressive top speed of 45 mph when moving horizontally and 11 mph moving vertically and can be flown either manually via remote control or place on automatic.
The drone is produced by Pininfarina in partnership with DeAgostini Publishing, a magazine company which also deals in the hobbyist market. The Sky Rider itself is a do-it-yourself project.
Pricing details will be released sometime closer to the end of the year, as the drone’s release date approaches.