Tuesday, October 16, 2007


While perusing potential crossing sites for a foray into the Sonoran desert The OverDrone came across this, the LowDrone. The LowDrone navigates between countries using four chrome plated turbines. Below you will find excerpts from a timeline chronicling the events that led to the intersection of the lowrider and and the Drone.
  • 1898--The first drone, a kite rigged to take photographs, is invented during the Spanish-American War.
  • 1940’s - The Lowrider is invented by pachucos,or devious Mexican-American youths, who put sandbags in the trunkof their cars to lower the back.
  • 1957 - Lowriders are outlawed by the Governor of California.In response, pachucos add hydraulic pumps to their Lowriders, allowing the car to raise or drop with a flip of a switch.
  • 2002 - 2004 - Anti-immigrant vigilantes fly a drone over the U.S./Mexico Border to hunt for primarily Mexican immigrants. The U.S. Border Patrol follows the vigilante's lead. Around the same time, the Los Angeles Police Department plans to fly drones to keep an eye on pachucos and other urban residents.
  • 2005 — The LowDrone, the world’s first aerial lowrider armed with video surveillance capabilities, is invented. The LowDrone is currently stationed at one of the most surveilled spaces on the planet – the U.S./Mexico border between Tijuana and southern California.


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