Pothole-spotting connected cars to aid road maintenance

Pothole-spotting connected cars to aid road maintenance
‘Connected vehicles’ that can detect potholes will play an important role in the future of road maintenance, Highways England says.

By recording information on the condition of roads they drive on – transmitting it back to the roads operator – such vehicles will also be relied upon to enhance road safety standards.

In its Strategic Road Network Initial Report, the government-owned agency also speculates that drones could be deployed to monitor roads and improve response times.

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The projected function of connected cars has long been a subject of interest in the motoring community. Last year, Ford announced it is developing vehicle technology which provides information on the best speed to travel at to avoid red lights.

Now Highways England says so-called connected vehicles could play an even greater role in keeping the country’s roads in shape.

The findings in its latest report will help inform the Government’s thinking ahead of the next road investment strategy, due to start in 2020.

Jim O'Sullivan, chief executive of Highways England explained how the agency is delivering “a record £15 billion of government investment” to make journeys safer and more reliable.

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“Because people's journeys are important to us we are setting out our high level aspirations which will help ensure the network continues to drive economic growth, jobs and prosperity, and keeps traffic moving today, and into the future,” he added.

“We encourage people to read our report and feed back through the Department for Transport's (DfT) consultation, which is also launched today.”

The DfT's consultation runs until February 7.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “This government is making people's journeys better, faster and safer to give people better access to jobs, schools and their community.

“We are planning to spend more than ever before to upgrade England's motorways and major A roads from 2020 through to 2025.”

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