The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is piloting the use of tethered drones (unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS) on its Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP) vehicles nationwide. status to help with overall traffic management during network incidents.

UAS are intended to help responders assess incidents, provide situational awareness to the NCDOT Statewide Transportation Operations Center (STOC) and Traffic Management Centers (TMCs), and assist with overall traffic management during incidents. . The deployment of this technology was made possible through a Federal Innovation Grant received in 2020.

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