Jacaranda Trialling Drones For Traffic

Jacaranda FM and Kagiso Media are trialling the use of drone aircraft for real-time traffic monitoring in Gauteng. The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) will be used to provide traffic updates for the N1 highway during peak hours, it said in a press statement.

Jacaranda’s presenters will be making use of the information during their radio reports, but listeners can also access a live-stream via the Jacaranda website.

The trial is set to last for 15 days, the station said, with a view to expanding the service to cover events and on-the-scene footage from major news events.

“The UAV industry is in its infancy in South Africa, but many industries worldwide have adopted UAVs to simplify their tasks and improve the quality of work – among them film, agriculture, photographers, and real estate development,” said ‎Craig Corte, Chief Digital Officer at Kagiso Media.

“We believe that UAV technology is an integral step into a future of transparent communications and information because it provides real-time data when people need it. We plan to be at the forefront of this technological boom so that we can capitalise on the many opportunities which it will provide.”

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0.

Source: iAfrica.com