Clarity from above: Transport infrastructure

The commercial applications of drone technology in the road and rail sectors

Drone technologies can be used at almost every stage in the transport infrastructure sector, starting from construction and investment monitoring, through maintenance, up to asset inventory.

Drones and the data they provide are a game changer over the entire lifecycle of a transport infrastructure investment. Provision of real-time, accurate and comparable 3D modelling data is crucial during the pre-construction, construction and operational phases of an investment project, and all of this data can be acquired by intelligent and cost-effective drone powered solutions.

According to the PwC study Clarity from above: transport infrastructure, the pace of adoption of drone powered solutions in the road and railway sectors will be driven by three main factors:

  • Financial and legal support
  • Enhancing data processing & accessibility    
  • Rapid technological development

There are also important challenges that will have to be addressed in the nearest future, including aviation risk and privacy considerations.

The PwC report estimates that investments in transport infrastructure will bring global growth in capital expenditures of 4.5% annually between now and 2020.

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Clarity from above: Transport infrastructure

The commercial applications of drone technology in the road and rail sectors