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Hate potholes? Google may have a solution for that

 
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:32 pm    Post subject: Hate potholes? Google may have a solution for that Reply with quote

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Google has submitted a patent for the monitoring and reporting of road quality. The patent describes a system that makes use of sensors and GPs to identify poor road surfaces and provide routes that avoid potholes etc.

On the face of it the idea is a simple one but if you've ever suffered a puncture or wrecked wheel due to a pothole then this could prove very useful. The only issue I foresee is that the UK's roads are now so littered with potholes that finding an alternative route may prove difficult!

Source: freepatentsonline.com

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2015 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Uses a system of sensors - does that mean I report them when I drop into a pothole and wreck my vehicle, I wonder? Fire up my App and press a button?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 9:10 am    Post subject: Hate potholes? Reply with quote

Will have to leave the car parked in the driveway in Herne Bay then! Kent highways - atrocious.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 10:15 am    Post subject: Tweeting Potholes Reply with quote

In the meantime, they could adopt Panama's way of dealing with potholes seen here.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting video though

http://qz.com/417979/the-potholes-in-panama-city-are-tweeting-their-own-repair-requests/
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 12:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, if you're driving, see the pothole and steer to avoid it, how do they know there's a pothole?
Unless you can press a button to send the information to them...
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 29, 2015 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assume it auto sends it by wifi, not all countries are backward like us :D :D :D
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 08, 2015 12:55 pm    Post subject: Manhattan a total no go area then? Reply with quote

Just got back from there and I have never seen or ridden on such a mismash of potholes, small sink holes, failed surfaces, crushed road foundations, steel plates and the like in all my 68 years!
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