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Drones equipped with robotic arms could help prevent potholes by detecting small cracks and repairing them.
A fleet of automatons will scan roads looking for small cracks at night while the streets are empty to avoid disrupting traffic.
Asphalt - Surfaces - Potholes
They will then spray 3D-printed asphalt into damaged surfaces to prevent larger potholes from developing.
Engineers developed the innovative project as a solution to the major pothole problem in many cities and towns.
Project - January - £4 - Funding - Engineering
The five-year project started back in January 2016 after £4.2m of funding was secured from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.
A team from the University of Leeds School of Mechanical Engineering, working alongside other university researchers, are now three years into the scheme.
Drones - Leeds - Cities - Towns - UK
The drones have been developed in Leeds which - like many cities and towns in the UK - has a major pothole problem, with more than 10,000 reported between 2014 and 2017.
The five-year project aims to make Leeds the...
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