The Federal Highway Administration and the Georgia Department of Transportation are testing the use of autonomous drones to monitor the state's highways and bridges. Equipped with cameras and laser mapping technology the drone (pictured here) can alert officials to traffic jams, accidents, and bridge conditions.
Georgia Institute of Technology's CONECTech Lab has partnered with Fort Benning's Maneuver Battle Lab to spearhead the tests. Drones fly autonomously based on preprogrammed flight plans and can maneuver their way around unexpected obstacles if needed. Right now the drone is limited to flying in only Georgia's Fort Benning airspace, according to the Ledger-Enquirer.