A Japanese drone start-up is throwing out a challenge to all comers for a drone race from Tokyo to San Francisco. It sounds far-fetched, but a lot indicates that the race could happen much sooner than you think. Even if drones taking part will need AI, flight-control software, sensors and batteries that hardly exist today.
“We generally get two reactions when talking about the race. Mostly people think we’re crazy, but within the drone industry they generally think that if we can find solutions to the central issues, then it’s definitely doable,” Yoshiyasu Ando, CEO of iRobotics, says.