Passive pothole detector

dave@benders-of-edina.com7 months ago
Create an embedded device that attaches to the underside of vehicles that, using sonar or other distance measuring means, can detect when the car passes over a pothole.  (The distance to the ground increases suddenly and then returns to the starting distance once the pothole has passed).  Then report that via a built-in cell connection.  This would turn cars into street condition sensors that can be used by the city to repair potholes before they become sinkholes.

This might be difficult to turn around in one weekend, though, and might not be producible at a reasonable cost.


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  • Michal G Michal G • 7 months ago

    This idea could provide maintenance crews with more precise data on location and severity than the phone hotline. If the device were installed on private cars, deciding who pays and who has access to the data could be tricky. Are Metro Transit buses good candidates? 
  • dave@benders-of-edina.com dave@benders-of-edina.com • 7 months ago

    A motivation for people to install this on their cars is that the roads they travel would be getting scanned for defects.  So, install it and use it, and your roads get priority.  

    The data would belong to the person, but they would be presented with the opportunity to report the location and size of potholes it finds and maybe the date (but not the time, maybe?)