More eyes in the sky: ODOT testing drones to monitor traffic, road conditions

Drones will monitor traffic and road conditions along the Dublin-to-Marysville stretch of Rt. 33 in a research project complementing smart mobility tests of driverless and connected vehicles.

The $5.9 million, three-year study also will test ways to manage the traffic of unmanned aircraft systems themselves, looking toward a future of package delivery and air taxis, the Ohio Department of Transportation said.

DriveOhio, which is ODOT’s smart mobility coordinating center, and Ohio State University’s College of Engineering are leading the project that starts July 1.