flying poles direct the drone highway + driverless car system of the future

international design and innovation office CRA-carlo ratti associati and leading road agency in italy, ANAS have designed a smart highway program featuring drones that are able to deliver first-aid support as well as sensing poles that can send useful information to both today’s drivers and tomorrow’s self-driving vehicles. the new infrastructure revolves around a series of ‘flying poles’, which incorporate multiple sensors and in-motion Wi-Fi connection services.
the drones can serve different purposes, mainly related to safety and maintenance – from guarding galleries, viaducts or other remote pieces of infrastructure, to bringing medicines or other first-aid equipment to drivers, to detect accidents, fires or floods happening close to the highway. on the top of each pole there is a recharging station from which drones can take off and start monitoring the road.