I hate potholes, with a passion. But what can we do about them. There are some apps that can help. But most of them require us to record the pothole, in one way or another, then send that information to someone who might do something about it. Wouldn’t it be better if the whole process was automated?
That’s the idea behind Street Bump, an Android app piloted by the City of Boston. The app, which should be available to the public this summer, makes the smartphone’s accelerometer do the job of sensing potholes. If you’re driving and you hit a pothole while the app is loaded, Street Bump pairs up data about the size of the bump with a GPS coordinate – and sends that to a city database.
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