Very few technological innovations excite the world more than drones. These unmanned aircraft that were once used only for military purposes are now becoming more and more popular in everyday’s life and corporate activities.
Businessmen and engineers alike start to think about the numerous possible applications of drones.
And while entrepreneurs already see this aircraft’s potential in a number of industries, including entertainment, agriculture, safety and delivery, it seems that few people have thought of another possible and exciting use of drones – an extreme sport involving aerial combat.
The Game of Drones
You probably wonder what kind of sport drones could inspire. Have you ever watched robot battles? They have been around for a long time and have a huge fan database in the US and other parts of the world.
Now, imagine the same robotic combat competitions, only this time they don’t happen on the ground but in the air – the game (or battle) of drones.
Futurists comment that drone technology would develop dramatically in the following decade. The GPS control system of these aircraft would progress and the drones will soon become more compact and lightweight. This development will allow for the commercial use of drones, including for combat contests.
Undoubtedly, a new extreme sport featuring aircraft will gain followers rapidly. Anyone who likes high tech innovations and epic battles will probably hurry up to buy a ticket for the competition.
It has Arrived
There are no definite government regulations on the usage of drones. The US government will not announce specific regulations on the unmanned aircraft until 2017 and the rest of the world is waiting on America to set the example.
The reason why the US is hesitant to regulate the drone technology is that the mass use of unmanned aircraft still comes with risks and dangers.
This aircraft can be misused in many ways – these could, for example, be used for spying and organized crime. Moreover, their popularity might annoy people and violate the human right to privacy.
This issue is especially big when it comes to public spaces such as stadiums and stations.
The other problem is that drones are still quite expensive – until this technology becomes more affordable, its commercial use will be limited.
Once those obstacles are overcome, however, there will be nothing that can stop drones from becoming part of our daily life. In all likelihood, the most enterprising businessmen will use this opportunity to make the unmanned aircraft a major part of the sports industry.
Today, this probably sounds like science fiction to you. In just a few years, however, you might be watching the game of drones world championship.