Why BNSF Railway is using drones to inspect thousands of miles of rail lines

Why BNSF Railway is using drones to inspect thousands of miles of rail lines

by David Z. Morris Unmanned inspection vehicles will increase safety and efficiency for the freight network. After years of accusations of foot-dragging on unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) regulation, the Federal Aviation Administration has recently been speeding exemption approvals and announcing new regulatory programs. One beneficiary is BNSF Railway, which has gained approval for a pilot(less) program to use drones to inspect its far-flung network of rails. The inspections could help reduce derailments and other safety problems—and though BNSF isn’t saying so, lead to lower labor costs in the long […]

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