KDOT uses drones for disaster response

The Kansas Department of Transportation says its Division of Aviation completed a field exercise in Rossville to demonstrate the capabilities of drones being used for infrastructure inspections and disaster response.

The Kansas Department of Transportation continues its efforts in the national UAS BEYOND program.

According to KDOT, bridge inspectors, public safety officials, universities and UAS manufacturers worked together with the department team members on the exercise. It said the Capabilities Exercise showed how drones can be used for the following:

save time and money on transportation infrastructure inspections;
allow state agencies to examine disaster sites in emergency response situations;
and expand economic opportunities through transportation using innovative technologies.