POT­HOLES AND DRONES

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It won’t likely hap­pen within the next 30 years, but the leg­end of pot­holes might even­tu­ally be­come a blood­cur­dling bed­side story. Us­ing the com­bi­na­tion of drones and ad­vanced 3D print­ing tech­niques, sci­en­tists and en­gi­neers at the Univer­sity of Leeds are start­ing to dab­ble with the idea of a self-mend­ing city, where pre­ven­tion is at the fore­front of in­fra­struc­ture re­pair. Ac­cord­ing to Au­to­blog, drones will scan the road sur­face at night, look­ing for any cracks or small holes that can be po­ten­tially prob­lem­atic. If any is­sues are found, a sec­ond drone will use sci-fi-like 3D print­ing tech­niques to print as­phalt and re­pair the dam­age. The project forms part of an R86mil­lion re­search grant that was al­lo­cated to the Univer­sity of Leeds in 2015.

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