The Drone Racing League (DRL) and sports betting company DraftKings has now made it possible to bet on drone races in the United States.
The races are aired live via social media channels. Drone pilots have a first-person view on their virtual headsets and compete by trying to finish a specific course the fastest.
Drones are designed and built by the DRL to ensure all racers have identical drones. They are all equipped with cameras that stream a live video feed to the pilot’s VR headsets, meaning the pilots feel as if they are inside the drones, according to Gizmodo.
The drones cost roughly $2,000 (around R31,000) each and can reach up to 144 km/h, reports CNBC.
“The sky is now the limit for DRL fans to get skin in the game, and we’re thrilled to partner with DraftKings to transform our high-speed race competition into the ultimate sport to bet on,” Drone Racing League President Rachel Jacobson said according to Associated Press.
“The opportunity for us to elevate our engagement through all forms of gaming and gambling will only increase as mobile betting becomes more adopted across the country.”
Betting on drone racing is legal in Colorado, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Tennessee and West Virginia.