Drone racing is on the rise as a new and exciting sport, and T-Mobile wants to get into it. The American airline is investing an undisclosed amount in the Drone Racing League, the most visible drone racing program in the world with live TV broadcasts on major sports networks. But T-Mobile isn̵
This is not a promotional stunt – or at least not nothing but a promotional stunt. According to the press release, T-Mobile and DRL will “create the first integrated 5G race drones with the goal of authentically building them into the sport.” The first drones packed with 5G radio technology will debut next year during the 2021 DRL Allianz World Championship season.
How exactly does 5G benefit racing drones, which already use low-latency connections to wireless controllers and pilot head-mounted displays? T-Mobile is not specific. The promotion page is full of 5G applications for drones in various scenarios, talking about how low latency is essential for drones and the sport’s broadcast system, but technical details on exactly what the 5G radios will be used for are not specified. It is possible that it could be used to provide additional video feeds from the drones to broadcasters and the public without disrupting the pilots’ existing control and video systems.
Whatever the actual application, it is clear that both T-Mobile and DRL see value in this partnership. At the time of writing, exact dates for the DRL Allianz World Championship Season 2021 are not available.
Source: T-Mobile via T-Mo News