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A Drone Has Landed On A Moving Car In Germany

19/01/2016 16:14 GMT | Updated 19/01/2016 16:59 GMT

Researchers in Germany have created a drone which can land on the roof of a moving car completely unassisted.

The team based at the German Aerospace Centre were able to program the drone to identify a QR code located on the roof of the car and then land itself using the QR code as an anchor.

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While that in itself is impressive the team also managed to do it at 75km/h.

While impressive as a visual spectacle the team are hoping that by creating a simple and effective piece of software they can help spawn the next-generation of drones that would no longer need conventional runways.

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Instead these propellor-driven aircraft could launch from moving vehicles and then when their battery gets low enough, return, land and then recharge all without the need for a pilot.

There's also the considerable advantage that comes from building a drone without any landing gear. Ultra-light solar-powered vehicles can become vital scientific instruments and yet much of their chassis is taken up by the wheels needed to land and take-off.

By removing these the researchers believe they can create a better class of drone.