Concept of Operations and Policy Implications for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Use for Traffic Incident Management (UAS-TIM)

Transportation agencies and emergency responders are continually seeking new technologies and systems (especially for major incidents) that can improve incident response, monitoring, and clearance. One such system/technology under consideration is unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Commonly referred to as drones in military applications, public and civil UAS could prove to be a flexible and useful tool for transportation agencies and emergency responders. To better understand the policy implications, the Texas A&M Transportation Institute developed a concept of operations (ConOps), an early step in the systems engineering process, with a focus on using UAS as an intelligent transportation systems tool to enhance traffic incident management (TIM) and provide quick and accurate information from the scene of a traffic incident: UAS-TIM. The ConOps provides a roadmap for the validation of UAS abilities to enhance monitoring, situational awareness, and safety when compared to traditional fixed-location cameras and expensive helicopters. This document discusses: current uses of UAS in transportation; perceived needs for UAS-TIM; the development of ConOps components including goals, functions, key concepts, and operational scenarios; potential UAS-TIM system architecture impacts; potential policy concerns; and next steps.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Maps; Photos; References;
  • Pagination: 48p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01634802
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: PRC 15-69F
  • Files: NTL, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 16 2017 9:30AM