Jaguar Land Rover is developing a system which is able to inform the local public works authority of the location of the pothole so that they can fix it straightaway. The company is implementing the system in a Range Rover Evoque which when every time the car found a pothole, it will record the magnitude of the road impacts, tag their location and upload them to the cloud server which will then will warn other drivers of potential pothole, sunken manhole cover or deep storm drain.
The system consists of two optical cameras positioned close together to judge the depth, locate the location of the hole, snap a picture and report it to the local public work authority. If the driver decides to ignore the warning then the car will be able to slow down accordingly. Mercedes S-class’ Magic Body Control claims to be working the same way, however, it is only working in Europe and it cannot react fast enough for potholes.
Apparently, the technology is not new as in 2011, Boston released “Street Bump” which is a smartphone app which is using the accelerometer function to record the amplitude of in-car jolts and send their locations to the city hall which will then the human able to do something about it. However, it seems like there is not much difference, as years after the app was released, Boston’s road is still full of potholes.