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Major American Railways To Begin Using 'Inspection Drones'

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Published on 18 Jul 2019 / In News & Politics

On Wednesday morning during a State of Energy call, Edward R. Hamberger, President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads, that BNSF Railway is working with the Federal Aviation Administration on drone pilot program. BNSF is the country's second largest railroad. The "Pathfinder Program" would use drones to remotely inspect track, bridge and other freight rail infrastructures. The drones would also monitor the quality of air in and around railroad lines. While Hamberger admitted the use of drones is very promising for the rail industry, questions exist that need to be answered before drones become a regular part of the railroad safety infrastructure.

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