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Kansas’s Transportation Dept. Testing Drone Use For Inspections

Test program seeing if UAS’ could soon replace in-person inspections of hard to reach areas like bridges, towers

TOPEKA, KS–The state of Kansas’ Department of Transportation have started testing to see if its viable to use drones to inspect hard to reach areas like bridges and towers, a press release says.

Improving KDOT worker safety is the primary motivator for the UAS test program, says Kansas’ Acting Transportation Secretary Richard Carlson.

“We believe UAS may reduce the need to place our engineers in potentially dangerous situations and we intend to pursue every opportunity that makes them more efficient,” Carlson added.

The test is ongoing and Kansas will be looking to get other state departments and universities involved in the coming months.