Manila authorities to start using drones to manage traffic

Photo via ABS-CBN News.

Has Manila finally found a solution to its terrible traffic situation?

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), the agency in charge of the metro’s roads, have a new plan: using drones. An official said on Monday that they will start using the flying cameras to monitor traffic and floods during the rainy season.

“These drones are significant tools to help us in our decision-making since real-time footage on ongoing events could be provided,” MMDA Chair Danny Lim said.

Four new drones were tested on Monday, the official start of classes in public schools.

The government-run Philippine News Agency reported that the drones were donated by a private group. Three of the four cost over PHP100,000 (US$1,908.74) each while one is priced at least PHP400,000 (US$7,635.05).

In an interview with radio station DZMM yesterday, MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia said that twelve enforcers have completed a course to operate the drones.

According to ABS-CBN News, the drones are capable of monitoring five to eight streets at once and could potentially speed up the deployment of traffic enforcers in congested areas.

Guess drones aren’t just for beautiful aerial shots of the Philippines’ beaches anymore.

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