The DGT distributed 39 drones for traffic control for the third operation for the end of summer 2021. The DGT estimated that about six million trips would be made, so it chose to implement these devices to ensure the safety of road users.
The drones were distributed in all the autonomous communities, except in the Basque Country and Catalonia, since both territories have the competences transferred and it is the regional governments themselves that are responsible for implementing more measures if they consider it appropriate.
The Community of Madrid had 15 drones, the most, that flew over its roads and those of Castilla-La Mancha. In addition, they provided support to the other provinces that needed it.
La Coruña, Zaragoza, Valladolid, Seville, Malaga and Valencia had two aircrafts available both in their area and on the border. Cantabria, Asturias and Extremadura had two per zone, while the Balares and Canary Islands received three each.
DGT itself has explained that its drones fly at 120 meters high and are capable of reaching 80km/h. They withstand temperatures up to 45º and have a range of 20 and 40 minutes.
These aircraft display distances of between one and two kilometres, but can reach up to 10 kilometres and are intended to detect reckless behaviour on the road, as well as to monitor traffic on sections with a high risk of accidents.