Potholes may seem like a minor annoyance, yet according to European studies they are a factor for 52.7% of all lethal accidents, and road maintenance is one of the largest burdens on the city budget.
Perhaps unintuitively, one of the major issues with road maintenance is finding where road damage is, and prioritizing between many. It is impossible for a few town engineers to know everything and correctly decide which to fix.
So the standard procedure is that cities receive information on roads through their engineers and "report a pothole" lines and apps. Which means, the citizens/complaints are the main sources of knowledge and here is the catch, all complaints are about major issues that are expensive and time-consuming to fix. No one complains about the tiny crack that just started forming!
We propose to add technology to this whole system, decrease the complaints for there will be no major issues to report anymore.
In a step by step form;
A) We propose to scan the streets 4 times every year using vehicles equipped with high tech acoustic scanners and cameras. Finding EVERY problem on the road network.
B) Because acoustics can determine the sizes of these issues, we can prioritize between each and every one of these. So engineers can fix small problems that are on their route, not just major issues. Caltrans suggests this saves 9 dollars for every dollar spent in one year. (Because potholes don't grow large any longer)
C) We propose software that can manage teams/engineers and any further complaints using a geographical information system, maps to visualise the issues.
Allowing the citizens to drive on perfect comfortable roads, all the while costing the city about 10 times less to maintain!