Safety tips for drone use, DMV offices across the state get upgrades for next generation driver license, and NCDOT wants to hear what your favorite trails are around the state
The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. Several of the below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, N.C. Transportation Now, which can be viewed by clicking here
This holiday season, one of the most popular gifts might actually fly off the shelves. Whether they're called quadcopters, radio controlled planes, or any of the high tech brand names, drones are expected to be big sellers this year, with some estimating as many as 700,000 will make their way into Americans' homes by the end of December.
All of these devices fall under the category of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS). UAS technology is an exciting and evolving field, which can lead to confusion for both UAS owners and the general public. NCDOT is offering tips to help UAS owners enjoy their new technology while protecting citizens' safety and privacy.
Equipment installations are being phased in at driver license offices around the state. NCDMV is putting in new cameras, printers, flatbed scanners and customer-facing monitors at each driver license examiner's desk to support new programming for Next Generation driver license and ID card applications. The new equipment also includes the installation of credit and debit card machines at each desk.
There are a lot of ways to spend time outdoors in North Carolina. The state boasts thousands of miles of trails -from scenic hiking trails and waterways to urban greenways. Now, NCDOT is joining forces with other state departments to spotlight North Carolina's most loved trails on the new N.C. Great Trails State map.
For more information on N.C. Transportation Now, contact the N.C. Transportation Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on N.C. Transportation's online newsroom