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Can drones help solve the traffic problem?

The MMDA thinks so.


 

(SPOT.ph) The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority is eyeing technologically advanced measures to manage Metro Manila’s worsening flood and traffic situation. Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Tim Orbos said they are planning to rent drones that can monitor the waterways and thoroughfares of Metro Manila, Interaksyon reported.

 

“One immediate application of drones is to map out our estero system from the air, so we can better appreciate the structures and obstructions on waterways,” he said. Orbos also said renting drones is the cheaper option compared to operating over a thousand CCTVs. He added that drones can also be used in other MMDA programs such as disaster response.

 

Meanwhile, the Inquirer noted Orbos as saying that they might work with the Department of Science and Technology to find other solutions to the traffic problem in the Metro. He also welcomes the public's ideas, should they have technical expertise in traffic management, flood control, and other MMDA programs. “We are aware that talents abound in our country. That’s why we are appealing to them to share their know-how on these concerns to the agency,” he said.

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