FPV racing is the future of motor sports

2015-07-15

I believe FPV racing to be the future of motor sports. Possibly the future of all sports. It combines human control with super-human abilities, and blends video games with real-world racing.

FPV (“First Person View”) racing is remote-controlled drones (souped-up quadcopters, normally) controlled with an RC controller and a headset linked to a camera on the drone. Your view is as if you were sitting inside the drone.

This means:

  • You can “fly” (in equipment worth $500, not $500,000).
  • You can go really, really fast.
  • You can go to places that previously were impossible (too high, too small, etc).
  • You can crash spectacularly.
  • Best of all: you can’t get killed (given the above, that’s pretty amazing).

Carlos “Charpu” Puertolas is one of the best precision FPV drivers, and he posts spine-tingling videos on his YouTube channel.

Let’s extrapolate this a few years. Now it’s mainly flying drones, but this could easily be extended to RC cars, motorcycles, and later: biped robots. These drones would be able to drive/run faster, jump higher and longer than any human. And do so in arenas where no human could survive.

How about Olympic Games for FPV-controlled robots? I don’t think it’s far away.