New Street Smart Technology from Jaguar Land Rover

By CIOReview | Tuesday, June 16, 2015

FREMONT, CA: One of the major challenges faced by the drivers in America is the big potholes on the roads. According to the Independent Insurance Agents of America (IIAA), about 500,000 auto insurance claims are filed each year for pothole damage. The group estimates “Nearly $4.8 bn is spent each year to repair damage to Americans’ cars resulting from run-ins with potholes, utility cuts and other dangerous road conditions.” Jeffrey Boone, AAA Mid-Atlantic’s Car Doctor says “Hitting even one especially severe pothole could alter the alignment of a wheel and cause uneven tire wear,”

 Keeping a track of such reports, Jaguar Land Rover has come up with a new strategy to keep accidents caused due to potholes at bay. Recently it announced a new initiative into researching pothole detection and avoidance technology.

 The new technology will help identify hazards like potholes, sudden dips, and raised manhole covers on a road. The drivers then will get a warning about the sudden jerk they are about to encounter and the ways to avoid it. The suspension will adjust itself and provide a more comfortable ride over the damaged road, mitigating damage to wheels and suspension. Systems will share data in real-time with other vehicles and authorities through cloud.

Land Rover says, “If a car can receive a warning from another vehicle about severe potholes or broken manholes ahead, then drivers would be able to slow down and avoid the danger – or the car could adjust suspension settings to reduce the impact.”