Scientists at the University of Leeds are leading a new initiative that could one day lead to self-repairing cities -- cities in which labor-intensive urban maintenance tasks are taken care of by an army of drones who keep a watch over the urban environment before stepping in to conduct repairs whenever possible, whether this means filling potholes, checking power lines or replacing street lamps.
The robots will be ready for testing next year, as the dream of having self-repairing cities gets just a little bit closer to reality.
"We want to make Leeds the first city in the world to have zero disruption from street works," says Professor Phil Purnell. "We can support infrastructure which can be entirely maintained by robots and make the disruption caused by the constant digging up the road in our cities a thing of the past."
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