This demonstration illustrates the design and development of a low-cost scalable system to assess the road quality and impact of road vibration. An IMU is used to measure the vibration caused due to uneven road terrain and a GPS gives the coordinate. The sensor module is placed on the vehicle (public buses, cars, bikes) for precision high-quality measurement and an app on a smartphone is used for large scale vibration sensing. We then overlay raw sensor data into a visual map.

The app is an attempt to scale the road quality measurement to ensure coverage of the vast number of metropolitan roads where the high precision system becomes unaffordable. Data logging and analytics are performed in the cloud. Thus, the project aims to cover most of the roads and record their quality to ensure good commuter experience by avoiding bad roads, and also provide data for concerned authorities.

Inspiration

Potholes are increasingly becoming life-threatening. It is impossible to travel in a city without breaking your backs to one of these potholes. Bad road conditions are also a health hazard and are the primary cause of slip disks. Pregnant women are also advised to stay away from them. However, there seems to be absolutely no improvement in the conditions of our roads. The large population in the country also ensures quicker road degradation. The only solution to bad roads, therefore, becomes avoiding them altogether.

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