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UIC researchers use drone technology to better inspect light poles
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UIC researchers use drone technology to better inspect light poles

CHICAGO (CBS) – It's a view of a light pole that's rarely seen, from a drone capturing images from above.Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are using the perspective to keep drivers safe from falling poles.CBS 2's Suzanne Le Mignot got a first look inside that UIC lab that's trying to address the problem she's been covering for months.If a light pole, standing 20 feet high, needed to be inspected, a Chicago Department of Transportation worker would need to come out with heavy equipment to inspect it from top to bottom. New research being done shows a drone could be used to do that work instead.Inside the UIC High Bay Structures Lab, researchers use drone video of a vibration study on an aluminum light pole. "There is something that hit the light pole," said...