ALBANY — The New York State Thruway Authority is launching a pilot program using drones in partnership with the nonprofit NUAIR.

The initiative, which is at no cost to the Authority, has the potential to increase efficiency and improve safety while lowering costs for inspections of bridges, culverts, and pavement, along with mapping, surveying and countless other uses, Thruway Authority officials said in a news release.

If the program is deemed a success following field testing and detailed evaluation, the Thruway Authority envisions expanding the role of drones to assist with mapping and surveying the 570-mile superhighway. system, cataloguing Thruway inventory and infrastructure, documenting damage and repairs, along with supporting general maintenance activities.

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