Drone Road Repairs
Supplementary content information
A team of EPSRC - funded researchers at the University of Leeds were featured on the Radio 4 programme ‘In Business’ last week during a piece about Potholes – the roads of the future.
As part of a £4million project, Professor Purnell and his team are investigating the use of drones to identify, prioritise and repair damaged roads in order to prevent potholes. A first drone is used to find and assess cracks in the road that need to be fixed. It sends a message to a second drone that is attached to a 3D asphalt printer.
The second drone is deployed and seals the damage avoiding the need for costly and disruptive roadworks when a pothole appears.
This preventative maintenance not only favours individual motorists through less disruption and damage, it would also reap economic benefits by keeping roads open and traffic flowing.
Other news coverage includes:
Reference: PN 04-19