At the center of the research studio are two autonomous vehicles for air and ground: the QDrone and QBot 2e. The successor of the QBall 2, the QDrone is a quadrotor air vehicle equipped with powerful on-board Intel® Aero Compute Board, multiple high-resolution cameras and integrated sensors. On the ground, the QBot 2e is an innovative open-architecture autonomous ground robot, equipped with a wide range of built-in sensors and a vision system. Working individually or in a swarm, these are the ideal vehicles for your research applications.

QDrone and QBot 2e, feature vehicles of the Autonomous Vehicles Research Studio


  • QDrone
  • QBot 2e

Control Ground Station

  • High-performance computer
    • Intel® Core i7
    • 32 GB DDR4 RAM
    • 3 monitors
    • Router
  • USB flight controller joystick


Studio Equipment

  • Natural Point Optitrack Flex 13
  • Battery chargers
  • Protective net
  • Protective floor tiles
  • Ground camera

Product Details

Autonomous Vehicles Research Studio Standard Configurations


Visit the QDrone product page for more details.

Dimensions 40 x 40 x 15 cm
Weight (with batteries)  ~1000 g
Max Payload  ~300 g
Power 3S 11.1V LiPo (3300mAh) with XT60 connector
Flight time ~11 minutes for hover per battery charge
Onboard Computer Intel Aero Compute Board – Intel Atom x7-Z8750
Quad-core 64-bit 2.56 GH z processor
4 GB LPDDR3-1600 RAM
Expandable I/O PWM (8x)
UART (2x)
SPI (3x SS pins )
ADC (4x)
Encoder input (3x)
Intel RealSense (R2000) Depth sensing: 3-4 m
Vision: 640×480 @ 60 FPS or 1080p @ 30FPS
Omnivision OV7251 VGA
640×480 @ 120 FPS

QBot 2e
Visit the QBot 2e product page for more details.

Platform Kobuki mobile base by Yujin Robot
Number of wheels 2
QBot 2 diameter 35 cm
QBot 2 height (with Kinect mounted) 27 cm
Battery life 3 hours
Maximum linear speed 0.7 m/s
Available payload app. 4.5 kg
Sensors included 3 digital bumper sensors
2 digital wheel drop sensors
3 analog and digital cliff sensors
3-axis gyroscope
2 wheel encoder inputs
2 wheel speed outputs
2 programmable LED outputs
4 digital power enable outputs
2 analog motor current inputs
3 digital buttons
2 overcurrent sensors
1 Z-axis angle measurement (heading)
1 battery voltage sensor
1 Kinect RGBD sensor
Additional I/O channels available 28 reconfigurable digital I/O channels
2 PWM output channels
1 SPI bus channel
1 UART serial port (interface 3.3 V serial device)
1 I²C serial bus channel
4 USB 2.0 host ports
1Gigabit Ethernet
1 5.0 VDC
1 3.3 VDC
1 MIPI CSI camera port
1 MIPI DSI display port for touch screen
On-board computer Raspberry Pi with integrated WiFi
Memory 1 GB DDR SDRAM, 32 MB Flash
QUARC maximum sample rate 1,000 Hz
Camera resolution 640 x 480
Depth sensing 11 bit
Depth sensor range 0.5 m – 6 m


Computer Station Intel Core i7 processor
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, 4GB GDDR5 with support for 3 monitors
Two Gigabit Ethernet ports
Windows 10 Pro
Keyboard and mouse
Monitors 3x 24” LED display – ASUS VE248H
Localization System Motion Capture System – Natural Point OptiTrack Flex 13 (6x) with camera mounts provided and Motive software (Motive 1.10.3 Final)
WiFi Router High-Performance Gigabit Wireless Router – NetGear NightHawk AC1900 (R7000)
Handset Controller Spektrum Radio SPMR1000 with USB dongle (SPM1000WS)
Protective Netting 10’ tall netting x 17’ length (default configuration)
Floor Mats 2’ x 2’ industrial foam mats (50x – default configuration)
Battery Charger Balancing charger (2x – One charger per QDrone) – G. T. Power A6 LiPo Battery Charger
Nominal Workspace 3m x 3m x 2m volume

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