Drone racing is choosing up velocity as a brand new and thrilling sport, and T-Cell needs in. The US provider is investing an undisclosed amount in the Drone Racing League, probably the most seen drone racing program on this planet with stay TV broadcasts on main sports activities networks. However T-Cell isn’t sending simply cash: it’s packing 5G radios into the drones themselves.
This isn’t a promotional stunt—or at the least, not solely a promotional stunt. In line with the press launch, T-Cell and DRL will “create the primary built-in 5G racing drones, with the goal of authentically constructing them into the game.” The primary drones filled with 5G radio expertise 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-Cell isn’t being particular. Its promotional page is filled with 5G functions for drones in numerous situations, and speak about how low latency is crucial for drones and the game’s broadcasting system, however technical particulars on precisely what the 5G radios shall be used for isn’t spelled out. It’s potential 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-Cell 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 obtainable.