The technology will identify the location and severity of potholes; a self-learning car tech is also being developed

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.” 

JLR will be working with Coventry City Council to research how best to share the information with road authorities.

The company is also developing a 'self-learning' car that monitors, and then predicts, the driver's preferred media sources and regular telephone calls.

The technology uses a new learning algorithm that recognises who is in the car from their phone or key fob, and then learns their preferences.

The calendar, time of day, traffic conditions and weather all enable the technology to predict the driver's behaviour. It takes two weeks for the algorithm to make its first predictions.

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17 June 2015
As a resident of the city of Coventry, I can kindly (and for free) tell them which roads have lots of potholes. ALL OF THEM! So save the money on IT infrastructure to store the data, and spend it on actually fixing the potholes, rather than record where they are and do nothing about it.

18 June 2015
If this was just about pot holes then we might ask why don't they fit this technology to council vehicles so that the data can be sent back to council systems resulting in the deployment of maintenance. This is tracking and being sold to people as some kind of bonus.

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

17 June 2015
I thought it was 1st April when I first read about this Pothole system. Apparently not. As for remembering different settings with different keys, isn't that programmable by the user already?

17 June 2015
I thought GPS in none military applications was only accurate to about 1 M. How can you asses if a cars position and trajectory will put it in a pot hole with this level of accuracy ? I would have thought a good active suspension would be a better bet. Remember the Lotus Esprit A/.S test car from as long ago as 1983.

17 June 2015
So if you see a car jerking all over the road and jumping up and down as ir's suspension re-sets you will know it is 'intelligent', i don't think so.


18 June 2015
This is nothing new, I had a Jaguar Mk I 2.4 with pothole detection. Every time I encountered a pothole it would cleverly transmit a vibration through the steering wheel.

18 June 2015
GCHQ will be really pleased with this onboard, not only can they detect where the car is at any one time, but recognise who is driving the car. My question is will speed cameras be a thing of the past with cars reporting back to authorities exactly where you are and who is driving, it doesn't take too much of a stretch of imagination for your speeding fines or traffic infringements to be billed to you next time you fill up or maybe automatically from your phone. Will we see a day when your car delivers you to the police station on account of an outstanding warrant on the authorities system, or if your on a list in Washington DC a cruse missile deploys to your location in the middle east ?

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

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