The Tortuga is a remote controlled Quad designed to operate as a witness during urban demonstrations.
How it works
It’s equipped with 3D cameras to shoot high definition videos. It also has projectors, LCD screens and speakers to interact with the crowd.
The platform used to create the Tortuga is a Can-Am Outlander X MR equipped with a 1000 cc V2 engine that cranks 82 hp. The body is made of composite using aramid fibers, similar to Kevlar. It will be used to protect the vehicle against projectiles or impacts. The Tortuga is definitely not a tank, but it is less vulnerable than a typical ATV!
The Tortuga has several motorized cameras, one of which is mounted on a retractable telescopic arm. It’s also possible to deploy mini drones equipped with cameras from a sliding trap door located on top.
The Tortuga is equipped with front lights and lateral bars of LED lights. If the remote connection is interrupted, the inboard computer will be able to return to rendez-vous points autonomously. The vehicle’s suspension can also adjust to stay close to the ground which will make it more difficult for individuals to flip it. The Tortuga can accelerate quickly and exceed speeds of 55 mph.
What it’s used for
It could be used primarily as a witness vehicle during special events (march, manifestation) and serve the cause of all individuals on site (Official and non official). This radical Quad concept allows journalists and cameramen to take pictures, shoot videos and interview people while minimizing the risk of altercations and incidents. It will not replace all teams on-site, but it could complement them.
The Tortuga concept was developed in collaboration with Jan Bujnak, an industrial designer from the Slovak Republic. Jan graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava and works as a freelance designer. Jan has also produced the concept images for the Typhon personal hovercraft and the Wemotaci hydrogen powered snowmobile.