Drone racing is choosing up pace as a brand new and thrilling sport, and T-Cellular needs in. The US service is investing an undisclosed amount in the Drone Racing League, probably the most seen drone racing program on the planet with dwell TV broadcasts on main sports activities networks. However T-Cellular isn’t sending simply cash: it’s packing 5G radios into the drones themselves.
This isn’t a promotional stunt—or a minimum of, not solely a promotional stunt. In response to the press launch, T-Cellular and DRL will “create the primary built-in 5G racing drones, with the intention of authentically constructing them into the game.” The primary drones filled with 5G radio know-how will debut through the 2021 DRL Allianz World Championship Season subsequent yr.
How precisely will 5G profit racing drones, which already use low-latency connections to pilots’ wi-fi controllers and head-mounted shows? T-Cellular isn’t being particular. Its promotional page is stuffed with 5G purposes for drones in numerous situations, and discuss how low latency is crucial for drones and the game’s broadcasting system, however technical particulars on precisely what the 5G radios will probably be used for isn’t spelled out. It’s attainable it might be used to provide additional video feeds from the drones to the broadcasters and the viewers with out interfering with the pilots’ present management and video methods.
Regardless of the precise software, it’s clear that each T-Cellular and DRL see a worth on this partnership. On the time of writing, precise dates for the 2021 DRL Allianz World Championship Season aren’t out there.