POTHOLES AND DRONES
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.