Google has patented a new pothole detection system in hopes of keeping drivers away from pothole-ridden streets.
According to the patent filing, Google has designed vehicles with pothole detectors that use a combination of GPS and motion sensors to determine when the vehicle drives over a pothole. If the motion sensor is triggered as a result of hitting a pothole, the car’s navigation system will record where it was and send the data to a server. Eventually, Google would like to maintain an up-to-date database of broken roads so drivers who use Google Maps for navigation can avoid potholes.
This isn’t the first time a company has developed something to help avoid road hazards. Recently, Jaguar Land Rover revealed a system that uses cameras and sensors to identify road hazards such as broken drains and potholes before the vehicle drives over them. By detecting the hazard early, the vehicle can adjust the suspension in preparation for the hazard, which it’ll also make a note of in the system and broadcast it to other vehicles in the area so that they can also avoid the impact.