Flying RC Car, or Drivable Drone? 5 Wheeled Quads for 2016.

Page Last Updated: 2017-06-29

Hello Fellow Dronerz,

Today I would like to discuss drones that both drive on land, and fly in the air.  Though I am not sure exactly what to call them.  So I find my self looking for a word that describes a vehicle that can traverse the mediums of land and air, like the scientific equivalent to amphibious (which is land and sea/water).  Will I be forced to refer to such vehicles as a Flying RC Car, or Drivable Drone?  Dear God I hope we can come up with a slightly more scientific/cooler description than that.  Have some ideas?  Leave your comments below.

Until then, here are some cool “Wheeled UAVs” / “Multi Medium Quads” you can purchase today.

Song Yang / SY X25

SY X25
Buy Now: $49.99 from Amazon
Size: 9.4×9.2×2.5 inches / 24×23.5×6.5 cm
Weight: 0.24 lbs. / 110 grams
FAA Registration Required: No
Flight/Driving Time: 10 minutes
Camera: 2.0MP

Now this drone I do own personally, and let me say, it is really fun, and definitely has bang for the buck.  First off, its weight, size, and engine strength are decent enough that you can fly it outside, even during mild winds.  Plus the LEDs are bright enough that you can fly at night with no problems.  Second, its wheels are actually controlled by separate motors for acceleration and steering.  So when it’s on the ground, it drives like a normal RC car, and the props don’t spin.  Taking this bad boy to the park, driving on the sidewalk, flying up to a picnic table, driving across that, then flying through some monkey bars, it makes me feel like I am participating in American Ninja Warrior.

I personally consider the X25 the clear winner in this category.  At least until the B-Flying Car or B-Unstoppable are released. 😉

You can watch the video here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6ZXCP6y1pE
SY X25


Syma X9

Syma X9
Buy Now: $32.99 from Amazon
Size: 7.1×8.5×2.6 inches / 18×21.5×6.5 cm
Weight: 0.19 lbs. / 86.4 grams
FAA Registration Required: No
Flight/Driving Time: 6 minutes
Camera: No

Next we have the Syma X9. Now no one is quite sure which came first, the Syma X9 or the SY X25. It is rumored that the Syma X9 was publically announced first in early 2015, then the SY X25 was released first in mid 2015, with the Syma X9 being delayed for some reason, and ultimately released late mid 2015. But who really cares, they are both awesome drones. With that said, the X9 is a fair bit smaller, with less power then the X25.  And most of the reviews I have read recommend this drone for strictly indoor flight.  Either way, it works pretty much just like the X25, just no camera. Wheels and steering are controlled by completely separate motors then the props.


Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider

Parrot MiniDrone Rolling Spider
Buy Now: $66.46 from Amazon
Manufacturer’s Product Page
Size: 7.6×2.6×8.1 inches / 19.3×6.6×20.5 cm
Weight: 0.14 lbs. / 65 grams
FAA Registration Required: No
Flight/Driving Time: 8 minutes
Camera: 0.3MP (Facing Down)

UDI U841-1 HD

UDI U841-1 HD
Buy Now: $46.37 from Amazon
Manufacturer’s Product Page
Size: 5.9×5.9×6.1 inches / 15.1×15.1×15.5 cm
Weight: 0.14 lbs. / 64 grams
FAA Registration Required: No
Flight/Driving Time: 5 to 7 minutes
Camera: 2.0MP 720P

JXD T503

JXD T503
Buy Now: $37.96 from GearBest
Size: 12.5×8.6×6.4 inches / 32x22x16.5 cm
Weight: 0.13 lbs. / 60 grams
FAA Registration Required: No
Flight/Driving Time: 7 minutes
Camera: No

They are calling this guy “Triphibious” because it can traverse land, sea, and air.  Though I am not to sure how good this guy will do in the water.  It is not available on Amazon yet, but hopefully will be soon.  For now, you can order from GearBest.com.


Finally, I wanted to show a pair of awesome looking drones that are on their way to the market, but not out yet.

The B-Flying Car and the B-Unstoppable from https://bgobeyond.com/.
You can follow their FaceBook page here: https://www.facebook.com/BGoBeyond/
Click the links below to check out the YouTube vids.

B-Flying Car
B-Flying Car
B-Unstoppable
B-Unstoppable

Do you have any questions, comments, or suggestions?
Please leave them below and let me know what you think.

Thanks,
Chris

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