Coutesy: Wingtra

Swiss drone manufacturer Wingtra is helping its neighbor improve road safety and save thousands of taxpayer kroners.

The company provides Statens Vegvesen, Norway’s Public Roads Administration with vertical-take-off-and-landing drones to survey roads for data analysis and construction projections.

Norway’s road system has been consistently ranked as the safest in Europe. Oslo wants to reach zero traffic fatalities by 2024 – a goal that requires precision road inspection and construction.

Last year, the agency started using the WingtraOne for road-construction surveys and officials immediately realized time and cost savings. The WingtraOne is a hybrid drone – a combination of fixed-wing and multi-rotor – and launches as a vertical take-off and landing aircraft.

“Another advantage of Wingtra is the VTOL. We looked at fixed-wing drones, but they need a passage to land, and we often have small places for landing. We can take off and land everywhere with WingtraOne,” NPRA chief engineer Gry C.S. Kjellsmoen said.

Kjellsmoen explained that a road…

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