Preston and Bradford are amongst 5 areas chosen to examine how drone technology could operate within city environments.
It follows an open call by Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre as part of the Flying High Challenge.
The two cities will now work alongside the Flying High team to see how drones could be used to support public services and what commercial opportunities may exist. There will also be research on safety, logistics and the environmental impact of operating in complex urban areas.
Preston is home to the University of Central Lancashire’s Civic Drone Centre and drones are already used in the city to support the fire service and local Environment Agency. The council is examining whether to extend this to upgrading road networks and monitoring air pollution.
Via Prolific North.