Clarity from above: transport infrastructure

Mar 2017

The commercial applications of drone technology in the road and rail sectors

Drone technologies can be used at almost every stage in the transport infrastructure sector, starting from construction and investment monitoring, through maintenance, up to asset inventory. 

For example, in one construction project supervised by Drone Powered Solutions, the investor had savings of approximately US$2.94 million in claims settlement litigation thanks to unparalleled evidence.

Other applications range from the detection and prevention of trespassing, to placement of trench protection to enhancing site safety. For instance, the PwC Drone Powered Solutions team has calculated that the number of life threating accidents on an average construction site monitored by drones has been decreased by up to 91%.

According to the PwC study Clarity from above: transport infrastructure, the pace of adoption of drone powered solutions in the road and railway sectors will be driven by three main factors:

  • Financial and legal support
  • Enhancing data processing & accessibility
  • Rapid technological development

There are also important challenges that will have to be addressed in the nearest future, including aviation risk and privacy considerations.

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