Michigan DOT Investigating Drones to Monitor Road Conditions

May 21, 2015

Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials are thinking about using drones to monitor road conditions, with one of the benefits being increased safety for road workers.

"MDOT thinks there's a lot of potential in these unmanned aerial vehicles," MDOT engineer of operations and maintenance Steve Cook told WZZM 13 in a video report. "It takes them [workers] out of that path of the vehicles, so you can actually operate these [drones] from the shoulder or somewhere else," said Cook.

MDOT recently completed an 18-month-long study on drones. The agency admits that it may be several years before drones would be employed.

Source: WZZM 13, Grand Rapids

Drone footage taken by Roads & Bridges magazine over the S.R. 951/U.S. 41 Road Project in Naples, Fla.