Saving thousands of minutes of delay
From now on, drone garages will be distributed along Austria’s rail network. As the first infrastructure company in Europe, ÖBB-Infrastruktur has obtained the authorisation to use drones. The vehicles can be operated without direct visual contact with the pilots.
The new transport mode brings a range of improvements: instead of sending employees on foot into hazardous, impassable terrain or snow-covered slopes, drones will be dispatched from a nearby drone garage.
They will fly the defined route and send real-time images showing the line’s condition so that the carrier can decide immediately how to respond and which steps to take. Depending on the case, the use of drones will save a huge amount of time, ÖBB said. (ben)