Google to warn you about potholes

26 August 2015

pothole With 7 out of every 10 drivers hitting potholes, and the cost of fixing them coming in at £12bn and taking 13 years to sort out, you might say potholes are a bit of a problem for everyone.

Well, Google have noticed this and are getting in on the action. Of course, they're not going to fix the potholes themselves, but rather, try and win you over by warning you about them and where they are.

The internet behemoth is already a part of your travel, with Google Maps having all manner of features and Google giving you loads of alerts for things. You can already see if there's a shedload of traffic en route, and get directions to where you're going.

Now, they're aiming to make your ride a bit smoother by telling you about imminent potholes that you're heading toward.

Google has filed a patent which would allow them to gauge if there are potholes on your journey, using your car's GPS navigation system and other sensors.

One of the things Google might do, is to monitor the vibrations that rattle through your car, in a bid to track and collate where all the potholes in the world are. They'd cross reference that with GPS data, and hey presto! You've got a living map of dodgy roads. With Maps, they'd presumably then suggest alternative routes to save your suspension from getting hammered.

Naturally, Google is making a fleet of autonomous cars that might really want to know about all this.

TOPICS:   Technology   Motoring

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