Road repairing drone could solve the UK’s pothole problem


Drones could soon be used as road repair devices following research from students at the University of Leeds.

The news comes after councillors in Flintshire proposed an implementation of the technology to fix its £40m pothole repair backlog.

According to a report by the BBC, the council began to consider the alternative solution after seeing researchers from the University of Leeds demonstrate a drone that sprays asphalt from a 3D printer.

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The Local Democracy Reporting Service described how labour councillor Paul Shotton raised the idea when councillors discussed repair delays during an environment scrutiny committee meeting on Tuesday.

The same BBC report went on to describe how Leeds City Council is already working closely with the university and is looking to pioneer the use of drones in a concept described as “self-repairing cities”.

This announcement comes after weeks of news that various national and international industries are beginning to look into the use of drones as a more effective, efficient and low-cost alternative to traditional methods of work.

In recent weeks Commercial Drone Professional has reported on stories which highlight how drones could increase safety in building inspection work by replacing the need for scaffolding and save money when carrying out pipeline surveys in remote locations.

Yesterday, CDP reported on how drones could become the main way to carry out aircraft checks by 2020.

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  1. How would the drone repair the pothole if the road or lane has not been closed? Once the road or lane is closed, the most efficient way to repair the road is by a contractor. Am I missing something? I guess the article does not provide sufficient information.

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