Amazon is making the development of effective self-driving cars a sport. On Wednesday, the company announced during the AWS re:Invent conference that it will host the world’s first global autonomous racing league in 2019, dubbed the DeepRacer League, or DRL.

The initiative will organize both live and virtual events, where coders pit their machine learning algorithms against each other using toy cars. League competition begins early next year.

The 1/18th-scale model car comes with an Intel processor, a 4-megapixel, multiple USB ports, and a 2-hour battery life. The DeepRacer is now available for pre-order for $249 and will be released in March 2019 for $399.

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