Hope for potholes?

From Smithsonian: “There may be hope for a more proactive pothole strategy. A team of scientists at Northeastern University in Boston has created a special van with sensors, microphones and cameras that not only can detect every crack in a street, but also has ground-penetrating radar to pinpoint where holes are likely to form in the future. The idea is to use this technology, called Versatile Onboard Traffic Embedded Roaming Sensors (VOTERS), to map every inch of a city’s roads, identifying places where water is likely to pool and weaken the surface, and also to analyze what’s happening to the soil underneath the pavement … and prioritize which ones most need attention.”

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