The Town of Fairfield, Conn., is launching a fleet of drones today to conduct a traffic study along an often congested area.
According to an announcement from the Fairfield Police Department, a transportation planner and engineering firm will deploy seven unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) during rush hour this afternoon over three locations on the Black Rock Turnpike business corridor.
The UAVs will be operated simultaneously for 20-30 minutes along the edge of the road. The police department says its traffic safety unit will also be on-site during the flights.
A local Patch article points to a town press release stating that Fairfield has received state funding to “identify strategies to create a safer and more attractive pedestrian environment and to develop more robust infrastructure for bicycles, buses and other vehicles, as well as improved connections between nearby residential areas and the shops, businesses and restaurants situated along this vital corridor.”