The 2019 AlphaPilot and AIRR seasons finished with a head-to-head race between our winning team, MAVLab, and DRL's representative human pilot, Gab707. Through several course runs, MAVLab clocked a best time of 11.5 seconds; shaving a half-second off their winning time from the AIRR Championship. Their top speed was measured at 14.6 miles per hour. Manually piloting the RacerAI drone, Gab707 achieved a 6.9 second finish time, reaching 24.7 miles per hour. Pilot vs. Programmer: Round 1 goes to Gab707...but by a much smaller margin than anticipated!
We hope to build on this friendly competition in 2020 by giving our top programmers another chance to outperform the world's top human drone pilots.