Today, The Drone Racing League (DRL) announced the launch of the premier competitive drone racing circuit.
Pilots control the drone via remote control, wearing goggles which show the video feed from the drone's cockpit. It offers a perfect blend of physical and virtual worlds – a real life video game.
"Today is an incredibly exciting day for the millions of racing, VR, drone and video game fans around the world," said Nicholas Horbaczewski, DRL Founder and CEO. "This is the start of a new sport, designed to bring audiences into the race with custom content and a first person view of the action. We're committed to building the best drones, most inspiring courses and creating the ultimate proving ground for the world's greatest drone pilots."
DRL will air its first race "Level 1: Miami Lights" on February 22, launching the 2016 season. The second race will take place in Los Angeles in mid-March at the abandoned, cinematic Hawthorne Mall. For the remaining events, cities under consideration include: Detroit, MI, Auckland, New Zealand, and Mexico City, Mexico. Early events will be invitation only for the world's top drone pilots.