As early adopters of unmanned systems, state transportation departments hope to shape the conversation around the evolving technology.
DARPA's Offensive Swarm-Enabled Tactics program uses game-based architecture to manage unmanned swarms of aerial and ground devices.
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a pair of RadPiper robots to help find uranium deposits inside pipes.
The Hive Final Mile project uses a mobile application for placing orders to drones that are launched from their "hive" to deliver supplies to troops in the field.
The Federal Aviation Administration will soon roll out tests of its near-real-time authorization processing system for drones and will add more mapping providers to the effort.
The Office of Naval Research wants an explosive ordnance disposal "technician" with more dexterity and increased awareness.
The Federal Aviation Administration is evaluating applications from state and local governments that want to be a part of the nationwide Unmanned Aerial Systems Integration Pilot Program.
AirMap now allows third-party applications to tap into the system that automates the Federal Aviation Administration flight approval process ahead of the software's rollout to 500 airports later this year.
The technology can help states improve safety, expand public transportation and give the elderly and disabled more options, experts say.
Flying sensor-laden drones will be a major contributor to a smart city's
network, experts say.
The State Police will begin using drones to support law enforcement missions, including disaster response and traffic safety.
Advances in sensors, mapping system accuracy and data management make unmanned aerial systems a high-value proposition for transportation departments.