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A tethered drone system is being used for the first time in the United States to improve road safety under the management of the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT).

U.S. plans to deploy a network of related UAVs as part of IMAP (Assistance Management Program) and UAS program (Unmanned Aerial Systems). This will make it easier for emergency crews to track road accidents and help manage traffic in the area.

The new IMAP trucks are equipped with new tools that help locate stuck drivers and provide emergency response and first aid on the road. In the past, traffic operations teams reviewed video footage captured by traffic cameras, or investigated live reports from the field. By using tethered drone technology, operators are able to get increased information in real time, as well as higher quality video for an extended period of time.

According to, A drone was recently launched to capture an accident as part of an equipment test, and it remained operational for 5 hours, delivering real-time data from the scene.

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