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.