Drone racing League looking to keep sports fans entertained during pandemic

The Drone Racing League (DRL) is using technology to be one of the few professional sports leagues still active during the coronavirus pandemic. In drone races, pilots fly drones around elaborate courses in stadiums and landmarks around the world.

The league is currently running a tournament in which drone pilots compete via a simulator that recreates the same flying experience as a real drone.

The DRL is a professional drone racing league that operates internationally. DRL pilots race first-person view (FPV) with identical, custom-built drones at speeds above 130km/hour through three-dimensional courses. Founded in 2015, the league is currently in its fourth season, called the 2019 DRL Allianz World Championship Season, which features seven races in locations including Allianz Riviera in Nice, France, BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, and The Adventuredome in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The DRL also recently launched the Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit, an autonomous drone racing series. It will invite teams of university students and technologists to design an AI framework capable of flying a drone through DRL courses without human intervention and compete for a chance to win $1million in prizes. last year’s prize was claimed by Team MAVLab from Netherlands, who raced through the track for 12seconds to claim first spot.

Source: Business Insider

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