Roads closed due to works could soon become part of the past, thanks to small robots who would do the necessary repairs without the help of large machines, and without closing the roads.
Namely, experts from four universities in the UK are working on creating robots that resemble insects, which in the future could be tasked with repairing pipes and installations that are located underneath big traffic routes. The robots measure about one centimeter in diameter, and they can fly, swim and crawl. In addition, they will be responsible for mapping installations, and will be available to viewers in Google Maps style. Creators argue that robots will be able to assess both the state of the pipes and the installation, and with the help of sound vibrations to examine the walls of the pipe.
In this way, the closure of the traffic routes could be avoided in the future, which would reduce the crowds that occur during the works, and the creators claim that the new technology will make the traffic safer by eliminating the traditional methods of repairing installations, due to which a large number of roads in the world does not work even a few months a year.