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North Carolina polls public on drone use

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is seeking public feedback on the use of drones, the state announced in a press release.

These are “quickly becoming an important part of the state’s transportation landscape,” the release stated.

The online survey from the Division of Aviation gathers peoples’ comments on drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

“Public input has been an important part of our program from the beginning and will be even more important as we move forward,” said Basil Yap, UAS program manager for NCDOT. “We want to make informed decisions based on what people in our state want and what they are concerned about.”

NCDOT uses emerging drone technology to inspect bridges, monitor storm damage and deliver life-saving medical supplies.

The survey will include questions on noise, privacy and safety issues, and the way drones can improve peoples’ lives through the delivery of medical supplies, and assistance with search and rescue operations. The survey “can be answered by anyone, even someone who has never seen a drone,” the press release points out.

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