States re­ly­ing more on drones

The News-Times - - BUSINESS -

In Utah, drones are hov­er­ing near avalanches to watch roar­ing snow. In North Carolina, they’re search­ing for the nests of en­dan­gered birds. Pub­lic trans­porta­tion agen­cies are us­ing drones in nearly ev­ery state, ac­cord­ing to a new sur­vey by the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of State High­way and Trans­porta­tion Of­fi­cials. The re­port re­leased Mon­day finds a sharp in­crease in their use over the last few years, show­ing that gov­ern­ments as well as hob­by­ists have rapidly adopted the tech­nol­ogy. The small, un­manned air­craft are of­ten used for mun­dane tasks, like in­spect­ing bridges and roads.

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