Surrey helps to develop pothole-detecting mobile phone app with USA

This might encourage phone use in cars which I don’t approve of, nice idea though if the phone stays in my pocket.

Surrey News

Surrey County Council has been helping to trial an innovative pothole-detecting mobile phone app with road repair experts in the USA.

Street Bump has been pioneered by the Mayor’s Office in Boston with the aim of collecting data from motorists when they drive over a pothole.

The app works by using a mobile phone’s motion sensor which recognises when a car hits a bump in the road and then transmits that data with a location taken from the phone’s GPS. If a number of people hit a bump in the same spot, the system recognises it as a pothole.

The aim is to create a real-time map of road conditions to catch problems earlier than traditional inspections, with road safety measures such as speed bumps already mapped so they don’t get mistaken for defects.

Richard Bolton, Surrey County Council’s Local Highway Services Street Manager, said: “We’re always looking to…

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