- George Poland
Could drones help fix the UK’s pothole problem?
Drones could be used in a new government-backed scheme as a means of locating pesky potholes. 3D printing technology is another option that might be explored as a way of fixing cracks.
These plans come with the news of a £15 million Department for Transport (DfT) fund to improve roads.
The Digital Intelligence Brokerage (DIB) have put forward the idea, with backing from the government, of using the latest technology to tackle crumbling roads.
Acknowledgement has been given to the risks “of using automated equipment on or above a live highway network”.
Video technology that checks roadwork quality and circular pothole repair shapes as oppose to squares, to avoid weak points in the corners, are some more ideas that are being considered.
Asphalt Industry Alliance, earlier this year, reported that councils in England and Wales would need to spend more than £10 billion over a decade to fix all of the roads.
Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has said “Whether you’re a motorist, cyclist or pedestrian, every road user across our country deserves the best possible journey.
“That’s why, despite already having some of the best and safest roads in the world, this government is providing millions of pounds to improve them further still.
“This vital funding and work will cut journey times for millions of people, reduce emissions and keep the UK at the forefront of technological developments in roads maintenance as we continue to invest in local economies and build back both better and greener from the pandemic.”