Technology that will identify the locations of potholes, broken drains and manhole covers in the road, and share them with other vehicles and road authorities, is being developed by Jaguar Land Rover.
It is hoped Pothole Alert will be developed to the point that it can automatically adjust a car's suspension to reduce the impact of known road imperfections.
Mike Bell, global connected car director at JLR, said: "By monitoring the motion of the vehicle, and changes in the height of the suspension, the car is able to continuously adjust the vehicle’s suspension characteristics, giving passengers a more comfortable ride over uneven and damaged road surfaces.
“While this gives our customers a more comfortable ride, we think there is a huge opportunity to turn the information from these vehicle sensors into ‘big data’ and share it for the benefit of other road users.
"This could help prevent billions of pounds of vehicle damage, and make road repairs more effective.”