Intel Drones Put on a Light Show for the Audi e-tron SUV

Audi drone light display welcomes the e-tron 1 photo
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Monday night, at the Craneway Pavilion in San Francisco history was made for Audi as it presented for the first time its electric SUV, the e-tron. To properly mark the occasion, the Germans secured the help of Intel and the team of engineers that is used to make drones fly in complicated, synchronous patterns.
The moment Monday night was a premiere for Intel too, as the team had to devise, for the first time, an intricate drone dance both on the outside and on the inside of the Pavilion.

For the task at hand, Intel used a total of 850 of its drones. Three hundred of them were deployed to accompany guests and light their way from the Embarcadero to Craneway, while the rest were used to light up the San Francisco Bay and eventually form a giant flying Audi four-ringed logo in the night sky, or at the interior for various displays.

The team behind the light show in San Francisco is the same behind the now official Guinness World Record for simultaneously flying the most unmanned aerial vehicles set back in July. Then, 2,000 Intel machines flew in unison to break the previous record, held by Ehang and its 1,374 drones.

Several years ago, we had an idea of flying drones forming the Intel logo over our corporate headquarters, and here we are doing just that,” said in a statement at the time Intel Drone Group VP Anil Nanduri.

“It really speaks to the innovative spirit that Intel was founded on 50 years ago.”

On its part, Audi is hopeful the new e-tron will speak to its innovative spirit for future generation. A recipe tried by Audi before, now in different wrapping, the e-tron is supposed to be the first in a long line of electric vehicles.

Next year, the carmaker plans to introduce the e-tron Sportback, followed in the year ahead by a total of 12 other models.

The video showing the Intel display at the Craneway Pavilion can be viewed at the following link.
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