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Pothole detection technology in research

Potholes - public enemy number one as far as many motorists are concerned, and the cause of many a puncture.

However, the dreaded ‘thunk’ or that last-minute avoidance swerve could soon be a thing of the past with Jaguar Land Rover announcing they are researching a new connected car technology that will allow a vehicle to identify potholes, broken drains and manhole covers.

Currently, the Range Rover Evoque and the Discovery Sport are equipped with sophisticated sensors that allow the vehicle to profile the road surface under the wheels. By monitoring the motion of the vehicle and any changes in the height of the suspension, the car is able to continuously adjust the suspension characteristics, giving passengers a more comfortable ride over uneven road surfaces.

But what if this technology could be used to warn other vehicles about the road surface ahead, thereby allowing drivers to slow down and avoid the danger, or allowing the car to adjust the suspension settings to reduce the impact and smooth the ride? Jaguar Land Rover believe there is a huge opportunity to turn the information from these vehicle sensors into ‘big data’ and share it for the benefit of other road users, which could prevent billions of pounds of vehicle damage and make road repairs more effective.

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Posted on 18th June 2015 at 11:26 AM

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