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Jaguar Land Rover is planning a system that will be able to identify – and even avoid – potholes on the road
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10 June 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is developing technology that will allow a car to spot and react to a pothole in the road.

The technology can currently identify the presence of a hole, a loose manhole cover or a broken drain in the road, and adjust the suspension to lessen the impact and keep the car riding as smoothly as possible.

It uses sensors positioned under the vehicle to profile the road and the car then continuously adjusts the suspension as required.

Currently the research vehicles can recognise a hole only when they have driven over it, but the next stage of the process, says JLR, is to identify potholes before the car gets near them and automatically guide the car around them without leaving its lane. This would be done via a forward-facing stereo digital camera, which would scan the road ahead. If the hole was severe enough, the system could slow or even stop the car to minimise the impact.

This information could then be shared with other vehicles and even the local authorities to enable them to fix the problem as soon as possible. An image and a GPS location could be sent to help repairs take place swiftly. JLR's research team is working closely with Coventry City Council to explore the possibilities.

Potholes are estimated to cause around £2.8 billion of damage to cars per year.

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DBtechnician 10 June 2015

So this technology is to avoid pot hole is it ?

"This information could then be shared with other vehicles and even the local authorities to enable them to fix the problem as soon as possible. An image and a GPS location could be sent to help repairs take place swiftly." First they get rid of the tax disc in order to put up thousands of more number plate recognition cameras. Then they develop cars that inform your exact whereabouts to the authorities and sell it to you as a mechanism to improve repairs. If thats the case then why not fit this technology to council vehicle's so they can monitor the roads & report info back to maintenance then we wouldn't have to drive around them. Welcome to Cameron's dictatorship motorists, this Orwellian nightmare makes the Stazi look civilised.
Lanehogger 10 June 2015

So, basically doing what

So, basically doing what Mercedes developed some 15 years ago and have already introduced then; Magic Body Control/Ride. Minus the swerve and mow down a cyclist or have a head on collision with another vehicle feature of course.
J13Dog 10 June 2015

Better yet

Why not design better road surfaces that do not result in pothole so readily. The state of our roads compared to that of other countries with better roads should be looked at. Cars should not have to drive for us. We should all be taught to a standard of driving that enables us to get from any point A to any point B safely.