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Could Asphalt-Printing Drones Repair Future Potholes?
Nobody likes driving over potholes, which may cause damage to a vehicle's tires and wheels. But now, according to digital trends, researchers from the U.K. may have a high-tech solution. Their unorthodox new approach to repairs involves cameras equipped with image recognition technology. The cameras constantly scan streets for developing flaws, then dispatch drones to the site. These drones in turn use an on-board 3D printer to patch the hole with asphalt. The concept is part of a multi-university project investigating the possibility of self-repairing cities. It aims to use robotics and other automated systems to help with repairs. The goal is to cut down on disruptive road closures and other street works.