Bridge inspections are complex and potentially dangerous operations that can cause extensive societal disruption. Whether shutting the bridge down for high-polluting snooper trucks, or requiring inspectors to rappel from bridges on ropes, traditional methods are inefficient and hazardous. Drones can help inspectors generate bridge inspection datasets with minimal societal intrusion, to better inform whether targeted repairs are necessary.
However, not all drones are created equal. Last generation manual drones cannot be flown up close to bridge structures without introducing high crash risk, so manufacturers have raced to add larger, and more expensive, camera payloads. Skydio autonomous drones can accomplish better inspections with smaller cameras simply by being able to fly closer to the subject, reducing the requirement to carry such precious camera payloads.
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