Drones Soon To Be Used To Watch Over U.S. Highways

Ah, the open road…no one around but you and the drone watching you. Via Yahoo! News:

Drones could help human workers safeguard the 4 million miles of U.S. highways crisscrossing the country. The flying robots could inspect bridges and roads, survey lands with laser mapping, and even alert officials to traffic jams or accidents.

One such project focused on studying the use of drones recently received $74,984 from the Federal Highway Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation. Researchers plan to spend the next year figuring out how drones could help workers as they go about inspecting and maintaining the safety of public roads and highways.

Georgia represents one of several states considering how civilian drones could do some jobs for transportation departments, the police and firefighters. Drones of all sizes and shapes could help safeguard state roads and bridges, said Javier Irizarry, director of the CONECTech Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

9 Comments on "Drones Soon To Be Used To Watch Over U.S. Highways"

  1. We are all screwed…

  2. White House really likes to spend money on shit…

  3. Dingbert | Feb 1, 2013 at 6:47 pm |

    Following civilian cars is not uncommon for drone operators training in the SW.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Feb 1, 2013 at 6:56 pm |

    > Georgia represents … how civilian drones could do some jobs for transportation departments

    yeah, humans or the existing satellite system could never do that
    better send some money to the MIBC &
    scare the sheeple at the same time

  5. Bluebird_of_Fastidiousness | Feb 1, 2013 at 7:00 pm |

    There would also be HUGE savings on court costs because when the drone operator finds a “law breaker” they can just push a button and the problem disappears. Now that’s efficiency!

  6. sveltesvengali | Feb 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm |

    I must say, if there isn’t some deeper insidious conspiracy afoot to take away every inch of people’s ever-decreasing civil liberties, then the government is just doing a really piss-poor job of making it seem like they AREN’T assembling a massive Orwellian security apparatus…

  7. Apathesis | Feb 1, 2013 at 11:34 pm |

    “Drones Soon to be Shot Down Over U.S. Highways”

  8. Drones because it’s better to flood a corporations coffers than it is to employ local residents.

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