Virtual pilots fly drones in Star-Wars-style race #drone #droneday

Fly through the woods in a high speed race without having to leave your seat! via NewScientist:

NOW you can satisfy the need for speed while staying stock-still: by racing super-fast drones through fields and forests. For the pilots streaming the view from an on-board camera through headsets, it’s just like flying.

The first large-scale first-person video (FPV) drone race in the US kicked off in Los Angeles on 11 October. Organised by LA resident Ryo Rex through his start-up, Aerial Grand Prix, it’s the latest event for a sport that has spread around the world in the past year. It attracts speed freaks who crave the thrill of zipping between trees, fences and other obstacles at up to 160 kilometres an hour – but without risking life and limb in the process.

“Your body is on the ground, but your mind is up there,” says Edward Lyons, who is getting his own racing group, FPV America, off the ground in Maine. “It’s liberating.”

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