Here’s why Lockheed Martin backed an AI drone race in Orlando

Broken bits of drones were scattered across the floor of the University of Central Florida’s Addition Financial Arena Tuesday night, causing Lockheed Martin Vice President Robie Samantha Roy to say the arena looked like a battlefield. 

UCF’s sports arena was the site of the inaugural Artificial Intelligence Robotic Racing competition on Oct. 8. The event, hosted by Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE: LMT) and the Drone Racing League, featured teams from around the world unleashing autonomous drones on an obstacle course. Some of the self-flying drones deftly navigated obstacles, and others smashed into the ground. Read more here.