Northeastern engineers have found a way to render Boston potholes extinct
BostInno - 08/04/2014
Potholes in Boston are an issue we all confront on a seasonal basis. Once in the throes of the harsh winter months, potholes riddle our streetscape from one corner of the city to the next. Come the spring, Public Works crews spend hours filling gaping holes in the with a fresh batch of concrete. A new innovation out of Northeastern University, though, could render potholes extinct.
Back in May we wrote about StreetBump, an app created by the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics that uses data donated by private users, like you an me, to alert road workers of potholes. StreetBump captures data off of the vehicle’s accelerometer to analyze and infer the conditions of the road, subsequently identifying potholes.
The brainchild from Northeastern engineers, Versatile Onboard Traffic Embedded Roaming Sensors (or VOTERS if you’re partial to acronyms), takes the idea of StreetBump one step further by identifying questionable infrastructure before they become axel-busting, tire-popping potholes.