Drones being developed for better bridge safety

Keeping bridges safe from the sky

These drones are being developed

to inspect bridges and railways

continuously for safety issues

without direct human involvement

Courtesy: University of Southern Denmark

The project aims to develop a system

//of autonomous, self-charging and collaborative drones//

that connect to the internet

and send data back for analysis

(SOUNDBITE)(English) PROJECT COORDINATOR OF "DRONES4SAFETY" PROJECT, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EMAD SAMUEL MALKI EBEID, SAYING:

"One of the main challenges is also to see how we can recharge the drones along this operation. We made a preliminary analysis and we found out that 70% of bridges in Europe are within a three kilometre distance from high voltage cables. So you can imagine the drone of the future that is flying autonomously near a bridge, when the battery is low they find the nearest high voltage cable, connect, recharge and then come back to inspect the bridge."