New tech will identify potholes before they develop

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Published on 11 January 2017 by Robert Drane

Image by Editor5807 (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Thurrock and York councils are set to trial a new system to detect road-surface defects before they develop into problematic potholes.

By using cameras mounted on refuse-collection vehicles, intelligent software will generate a map of the road surface. It will then identify defects and monitor how they deteriorate over time.

The technology will allow the councils to learn more about the causes of potholes and further understand the effects of day-to-day wear. In detecting these defects, the issues can be fixed before they become more of a concern.

Brian Little, Councillor at Thurrock Council, told “The scheme will provide us with the level of detail not seen before on how problems on the highways become defects and then potholes.”

The trial is part of a new £1.2 billion wave of government funding intended to improve road conditions and improve journeys.

Road surface defects are notorious for causing motorcycle accidents – and it’s not just potholes that riders should be looking out for. Ride safe.


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