The International Drone Expo (IDE) announced on September 28 the details of its first ever drone race. The event brings together innovative and talented members of the commercial drone community from around the world. The two-day event, scheduled for December 9-10, 2016, will feature an exhibit floor displaying a wide variety of drones, parts, and services for the vast majority of commercial applications ranging from cinematography to agriculture. As the largest leading commercial drone conference in the world, there will be a huge amount of attention there, meaning a huge amount of potential interest in their sanctioned drone race.
Their indoor race course is custom-designed by MultiGP, the sanctioning body and leading drone racing league for first-person view racing. It will be larger than other indoor courses, featuring more advanced obstacles for pilots to maneuver around. Expo attendees will be able to view the race from a massive spectating area, and it will all take place in the Los Angeles Convention Center.
The IDE Drone race is a two-part series. Pilots qualify at an event at the SoCal Maker Convention in Pomona, CA on November 5, and finalists will advance to the IDE Drone Race Cup championship on December 10.