Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Traffic Incident Management   [open pdf - 3MB]

From the Document: "Serious and fatal traffic incident investigations require detailed measurements that often close roadways for extended periods. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) have proven to be effective in reducing the amount of time needed to document fatal crash scenes, and there is great potential for their application to other traffic incident management (TIM) related purposes, including, but not limited to: [1] Situational awareness[;] [2] Detour route monitoring[;] [3] Incident verification[;] [4] Queue detection and monitoring[;] [5] Secondary crash detection[;] [and 6] Response vehicle routing UAS encompass the hardware and software components required for the flight of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), commonly referred to as a 'drone.' UAS are battery-operated aircraft remotely controlled by a pilot to capture images using high-definition digital cameras. Software is also available that enables the pilot to establish the perimeter of an area the UAS will fly and the pattern it will use. UAS are well-suited for many tasks, and the cost to operate is a fraction of manned air operations."

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Publication No: FHWA-HOP-21-035; Publication Number Federal Highway Administration-Office of the Associate Administrator for Operations-21-035
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U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, Office of Operations: https://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/
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