Lockheed Martin, in partnership with the Drone Racing League (DRL) and NVIDIA, has an open challenge to develop artificial intelligence (AI) capable of flying a drone autonomously through a professional drone racing course. The competition has been dubbed the AlphaPilot AI Drone Innovation Challenge.
The DRL, founded in 2016, combines drones, virtual reality, video games and highly skilled pilots. Races occur in iconic locations around the globe. Drones are manually controlled and each race track presents different challenges for the pilots.
The AlphaPilot challenge is to design a framework using the NVIDIA Jetson AI solution that combines artificial intelligence and machine learning (AI/ML) capable of flying a drone through professional DRL race courses without any pre-programming or human intervention. More than $2 million will be awarded to the top performers. The first team that outperforms a professional DRL piloted drone will be awarded $250,000.
Visit the AlphaPilot event page to sign up for the competition.