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Is drone racing the sport of the future?

clackey

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On a recent Sunday, in front of a small crowd of spectators in an abandoned indoor shopping mall in South Central Los Angeles, four young men donned goggles and prepared to race their drones. Seated in front of a promotional banner for the incipient Drone Racing League, the men put their thumbs to the sticks of their controllers, awaiting the starting bell.

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DRL is seeking to tap into that same market: its first event, held in a vacant Miami stadium in January, has so far attracted 11m views online. Novelty is part of the appeal, of course, but gamers — who seem to have a lot of free time on their hands — have a habit of sticking around. In time, though, Horbaczewski hopes to draw fans from traditional motorsports. He plans a worldwide tour, and is scouting for interesting locations, mentioning a disused subway system beneath Stockholm and a decaying amusement park in Japan. “We are raising a generation of pilots,” he told me.

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Cale262

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I think it really could be as it has the major advantage of "audience immersion", could we see the race feeds being broadcast over the WWW...sitting in your living rooms watching the feed of your favorite racer on your own googles. Certainly plausible!
 

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