Potholes are more than just a driving annoyance, they can actually damage a vehicle. So in addition to providing traffic warnings, Google now wants to use a car’s GPS navigation system to detect potholes on a road and use that info to plot a more comfortable route to a destination.
The roads around my house have emerged from the winter looking like the set from a WWII epic set on a war-torn Moon. Local government, as a rule, sucks at repairing car-eating potholes in a timely and effective manner — unless, that is, you surround said pothole with a brightly colored penis.
They're the bane of modern interstates and countryside roads alike: Potholes cost American drivers nearly $6.5 billion dollars in flat tires, blown shocks, and cracked rims in 2013, according to AAA. Save your car this beating by learning to recognize the early warning signs of developing potholes and how to get them…
As a transplant Chicagoan, one of my favorite daily rituals is calling 311 to report the potholes that make my street un-driveable. Fellow Chicagoan and artist Jim Bachor is taking a more proactive approach: He's repairing them, but also turning them into tiny little jokes.
Getting crews out to patch roads is sometimes more trouble than its worth. It snarls traffic for hours at a time, costs counties and states hundreds of thousands of dollars annually, and typically only fixes the problem for a short time. But this gravel-blasting utility truck aims to make the permanent patch process…
This bleak winter is ravaging our streets, with AAA reporting new records for flat tires in New York. Meanwhile, in Montreal, two artists decided that if potholes are here to stay, they can at least provide a little levity.
Potholes are not a joke. They get in your way, damage your car and make you spill a Big Gulp's worth of Grape Fanta on your already-dingy upholstered seats. But new research shows that Google Street View may be all municipalities need to correct the problem.
Repairing cracks in roadways is a costly and time-consuming job. So researchers have come up with an automated system to fill cracks in asphalt, which covers more ground in less time and could save money by extending the life of a road.
Potholes are nobody's friend. They are especially unpopular with municipal road authorities, who must spend millions yearly in traffic-snarling road repairs. But a new automated pothole-patching machine could let a single worker do the work of an entire road crew in just two minutes.