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The use of small unmanned aircraft by the Washington State Department of Transportation

Author: Edward Donald McCormack; Washington (State). Department of Transportation.; Washington State Transportation Commission.; Washington State Transportation Center.; United States. Federal Highway Administration.
Publisher: [Olympia, Wash.] : Washington State Dept. of Transportation, [2008]
Series: Research report (Washington (State). Department of Transportation)
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Small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly affordable, easy to transport and launch, and can be equipped with cameras that provide information usable for transportation agencies. The Washington State Department of Transportation conducted a series of UAV tests to evaluate their capabilities while also exploring institutional issues. These tests, while exploring the general capabilities of UAVs, focused  Read more...
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McCormack, Edward Donald.
Use of small unmanned aircraft by the Washington State Department of Transportation.
[Olympia, Wash.] : Washington State Dept. of Transportation, [2008]
(OCoLC)760807778
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Edward Donald McCormack; Washington (State). Department of Transportation.; Washington State Transportation Commission.; Washington State Transportation Center.; United States. Federal Highway Administration.
OCLC Number: 243714480
Notes: "Prepared for Washington State Transportation Commission."
"Agreement T4118, task 04"--Technical report documentation page.
"June 2008."
"WA-RD 703.1"--Cover.
Description: vi, 21 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Series Title: Research report (Washington (State). Department of Transportation)
Responsibility: by Edward D. McCormack.

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Small, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are increasingly affordable, easy to transport and launch, and can be equipped with cameras that provide information usable for transportation agencies. The Washington State Department of Transportation conducted a series of UAV tests to evaluate their capabilities while also exploring institutional issues. These tests, while exploring the general capabilities of UAVs, focused on evaluating the use of a UAV as an avalanche control tool on mountain slopes above state highways. WSDOT's maintenance division has an active snow avalanche control program that is designed to reduce highway closure time and hazards to motorists, and the use of UAVs was seen as having some potential operational advantages. The UAVs also captured aerial images suitable for traffic surveillance and data collection. The evaluation found that the main limitation to UAV use is institutional, particularly the need to obtain approval to fly from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This approval process will make UAV use a challenge, but these issues may change as the FAA considers new rules.

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