Artificial intelligence may help cars detect potholes before you hit them
GOYANG, South Korea — It never feels good running over a pothole at high speed. It’s even worse for your car and could even lead to an accident on busy roadways. Now, researchers in South Korea are using artificial intelligence to help you dodge these car-killing craters.
A team from the Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology (KICT) say they’ve developed an “AI-based automatic pothole detection system” that scans the road surface for problems in real-time. That information can help local governments get out and pave over these problem areas before an accident occurs.
In South Korea alone, potholes are a major issue during the country’s rainy season. In August 2020, drivers reported over 7,000 potholes during a record downpour in the city of Seoul. Across all of Korea between 2016 and 2018, there were over 650,000 potholes on roadways. Moreover, estimates put the price tag for the damages potholes caused in South Korea during that time at nearly $4 million.
“It is essential to maintain road facilities in good condition in the coming era of autonomous vehicles. This AI-based technology will make effective road surface management much easier,” says Dr. Seungki Ryu in a media release.