The Drone Racing League (DRL) has unveiled RacerAI, an autonomous (and slightly disconcerting) racing drone. RacerAI is the first autonomous drone designed to take on and defeat human pilots.
The drone is set to be the hardware that gives life to DRL’s inaugural Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing (AIRR) Circuit. The four-event series will see nine identical DRL RacerAI drones controlled by AI system. Each has been designed by nine teams as part of Lockheed Martin’s AlphaPilot Challenge.
The AlphaPilot teams have been tasked with developing an AI pilot capable of flying through gates on a racing course without GPS, data relay or human intervention. The winning team will go on to challenge the fastest 2019 DRL Allianz World Champion pilot.
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AI at the edge
The DRL RacerAI has been built in house by the organization’s team of technicians. It’s been adapted to prioritize its computer vision element