Potholes are Tweeting their own Repair Requests

lead_large1. Problem:

Public Administration & Services: Numerous cities are riddled with potholes that are costing cities and automobiles owners thousands of dollars each year.

2. Technology:

Tweeting Potholes (El Hueco Twitero)

  • Installing motion-sensor devices in potholes
  • Every time a car runs over the sensor a tweet is sent to the city’s public works department
  • This technology creates a map of the most damaged streets in a city

3. Stakeholders:

  • City’s public works department
  • City’s transportation department
  • El Hueco Twitero
  • Community

4. Implementation:

  • Create an implementation plan based on the city’s current pothole data
  • Coordinate across city departments
  • Develop and implement a community awareness campaign
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3 thoughts on “Potholes are Tweeting their own Repair Requests

  1. I love the simplicity and user friendly (anyone could put one of these in a pothole in their neighborhood) aspect of this small technology. I think our city road systems are outdated infrastructures and can use so much improvement. If we combined this feature with the new modular ‘solar roadways’ being designed roads could become a wealth of information and more easily changed and changeable, providing much easier repair as well as integration with other services (new elc and internet wiring, repair of water mains, etc)

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  2. What is the cost component for this? I feel like the main reason that pot holes exist is because municipalities are too overwhelmed from a resource perspective to finance and successfully fill each pothole. While I am intrigued by the idea of placing sensors in each pothole, I think a more productive use of financial resources would be to simply repair the damaged roads.

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