Michigan Studies Unpaved Roads from the Sky

Unpaved road

Drones are getting a lot of play in the public safety field, but can they do anything for transportation agencies?

Researchers at the Michigan Tech Research Institute (MTRI) are working to find out; engineers, computer scientists and transportation researchers are looking for cost-effective unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) projects that could replace today’s processes for mapping roads and roadside features, identifying potholes and understanding traffic.

One project funded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovation Technology Administration (USDOT/RITA), called Unpaved Roads, aims to help departments of transportation across the country assess and predict repairs needed on unpaved roads more quickly and cheaply.

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