Google Technology Could Help Drivers Avoid Potholes

Google last week filed a patent for a system that would essentially turn millions of cars into roving pothole detectors.

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Google last week filed a patent for a system that would essentially turn millions of cars into roving pothole detectors.

The proposal would pair the GPS in vehicle navigation systems with a vertical movement sensor, which could identify when the car is jolted by damaged pavement.

The information would then be uploaded to the Cloud in real time, which would alert both drivers — rerouting them around the areas in question — and transportation authorities, who could more easily identify problems and more efficiently repair them.

The patent filing doesn't mean that Google is ready to go ahead with the technology, but it seems likely given the tech giant's work with self-driving cars.

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