VIDEO: University research highlights how drones can improve road traffic response

Purdue University in Indiana has carried out research which it thinks proves how drones can be used to improve the quality of response after a road traffic accident.

Scientists at the University say the research shows that drones can be more effective and safer in crash mapping of vehicular highway accidents than conventional methods.

The UAVs can use new imaging technology to enable highway safety officers to capture and print 3D composites of crash sites and reduce mapping time and improve traffic flow following a crash by 60%.

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As part of a report from Science Daily, Ayam Habib, a professor of civil engineering at the university, said: “Our procedure for data collection using a drone can map a scene in five to eight minutes, allowing public safety officers to open the roads much quicker after an accident.”

The article went on to describe how the technology is already in use, with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office using drones to map crash scenes 20 times in 2018.

Captain Robert Hainje of the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office, thinks the research can also benefit all types of response.

He commented: “The collaboration with Purdue faculty and students has been tremendously effective in helping our law enforcement, first responders and special teams.

“The drone technology with the thermal imaging capability helps with all types of emergencies such as search and rescue, aerial support over water for diver teams or in wooded areas and for fugitive apprehension,” he added.

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