Sport of the future: drone racing
Are you ready for tomorrow's spectator sport - drone racing?
Quartz ran a fascinating feature yesterday on drone racing – a new sport that’s booming as drones become every cheaper and more sophisticated:
Today, the Drone Racing League (DRL) announced its inaugural racing season. The league hopes to be the Formula 1, NASCAR and MotoGP of drone racing, and has secured backing from venture capital firms and celebrities to make that a reality.
The videos are compelling:
Of course, it’s not all plain sailing (or flying):
The video feed between a drone and the video goggles needed to pilot is currently rather grainy. Higher quality HD videos cause the feeds to lag, which can lead to acute motion sickness for drone pilots and a sense that you’re watching a beat-up old VHS recording for the audience. The DRL’s solution to this problem is a bold one: Forget live viewing (at least for now).
So we’re not in spectator sport territory – yet. But given how quickly professional sports has grown (as we heard at NEXT15), it would be unwise to bet against this…
Learn more at the Drone Racing League.