Google Patent Will Cover Pothole Detection System

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A newly filed Google patent will cover a new pothole detection technology the company is working on. This new technology would definitely benefit drivers and state Department of Transportation services. Drivers could avoid routes with heavy pothole saturation and DOT services can assess the areas where potholes are and what areas need the most repair. Knowing where potholes are could also save drivers money on repairs and insurance companies money in claims. Here’s what we know so far about Google’s proposed new system.

The system would use a vertical movement sensor to detect potholes and uneven road surfaces. The vehicle’s GPS would then submit this information back to Google, who would produce a road quality database.

The patent said: ‘The signals from the sensors are monitored by the amount of vertical vibration that is encountered. This data, together with the vehicle’s location, may be transmitted through a mobile network to a central server for distribution in road quality reports and to improve driving directions in mapping software.’

This would be a great idea if it can be implemented well to work for both drivers and state DOT services, and we’re definitely looking forward to what Google can do with this.

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  Source: Localgov
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