South African Media Outlets to Use UAV for Traffic Updates


Two South African media outlets will deploy an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in a proof-of-concept project to test the viability of using the aircraft to provide traffic updates.

Internet and digital media company Kagiso New Media and radio station Jacaranda FM – both subsidiaries of Kagiso Media – are collaborating on the project following several successful test flights of the UAV, according to an article by Media Update.

The project is based in the Gauteng province, with the goal of providing up-to-the-minute online video feeds of peak-hour traffic conditions to residents of the region. The feed will support Jacaranda's on-air traffic reports, and the video will also be available on the radio station's website.

The UAV will be employed Mondays through Fridays for 15 days from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. The operation of the aircraft will adhere to safety guidelines established by the Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Association of South Africa.

Following the proof-of-concept endeavor, Kagiso Media plans to expand its use of UAVs beyond traffic observation to cover live news events.

The full Media Update article is available here.

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