#Asia Fast and Furious: KT to organise aerial drone race in Seoul


Forget cars and motorbikes, aerial drones are all the rage right now, thanks to Korean telecommunications firm KT and its upcoming race

Aerial drone fans can rejoice in knowing that there will soon be a chance for them to enjoy a “drone race” organised by KT, a telecom company in South Korea.

The race, also known as GiGA Drone Racing, will take place at the Garden Five mall in Seoul on December 27. There will be a drone racecourse built at the mall to facilitate this event.

The company has picked 24 participants, who had emerged out of a prior selection process, to race for KRW20 million (US$16,967) in prize money, according to the Korea Times.

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The drones will all come with cameras attached to film the race, and broadcast the match live on the Internet.

“We have prepared for the drone race as more customers in their 20s and 30s enjoy controlling and flying drones as a leisure activity,” said Shin Hoon-joo, Vice President, Marketing Division, KT.

Like other countries where drone flying has become a popular hobby, Korea has come up with a set of regulations pertaining to these pilotless aircraft whether they are for commercial or private use.

Drones, for example, are banned from flying at night – anytime between sunset and sunrise. The person operating the drone should also not be drunk, and should have the vehicle in their line of sight when it is up in the air.

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