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Man beats AI drone in first race of its kind

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Man beats AI drone in first race of its kind

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One of the world's leading drone riders beat nine computer-driven drones in an obstacle course race.

Swiss pilot Gabriel Kocher wore first-person vision goggles to steer his drone for six seconds.

The fastest automated drone, completing the invisible course in 12 seconds without the use of GPS or any human intervention, won a prize of $ 1 million.

Drone Racing League organizers predict that artificially intelligent drones will dominate the competition by 2023.

Their first artificial intelligence robotic racing contest was the result of a collaboration between aerospace giant Lockheed Martin and the collective HeroX troubleshooting platform.

"Our team worked very hard throughout each stage to bring a robust and (most importantly) quick solution to the table," said the award-winning MVLab team.

"We are proud to have won despite the notable competitors we had to face."

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Avionics expert Dr. Steve Wright believes drones will soon reach the top

Steve Wright, senior avionics and aircraft systems researcher at the University of the West of England, told BBC News: "Ten years ago, if you needed a processor that could solve such problems – such as piloting a drone during a course – It would have been the size of a plate and would have consumed energy and become so hot that you could fry an egg on it.

"Now it's the size of a playing card and it's not that hot – it suddenly fits into a drone."

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