Connected smart cars could help identify and track potholes
The smart connected cars of the future will be programmed to spot potholes on motorways and automatically transmit the information to the authorities and councils to schedule repairs.
An intelligent network coupled with connected vehicles would greatly improve the condition of our roads and make sure that they are maintained to a higher level and at the same time improve safety.
There is also a possibility in the future that drones could to fly overhead and report back on incidents, improving response times.
In the UK, The Strategic Road Network Initial Report says that the technologies of the future will play an increasingly major role in keeping people moving, and the country connected.
It also means that existing roads are properly maintained, which will minimise needless disruption to road users and local communities. Highways England chief executive, Jim O’Sullivan, said:
“We are delivering a record £15 billion of government investment to give people safe, efficient and reliable journeys, and provide businesses with the links they need to prosper and grow.
“Because people’s journeys are important to us we are setting out our high level aspirations which will help ensure the network continues to drive economic growth, jobs and prosperity, and keeps traffic moving today, and into the future.
“We encourage people to read our report and feedback through the Department for Transport’s consultation, which is also launched today.”
The UK’s Transport secretary, Chris Grayling said:
“This government is making people’s journeys better, faster and safer to give people better access to jobs, schools and their community.
“We are planning to spend more than ever before to upgrade England’s motorways and major A roads from 2020 through to 2025.”
The Initial Report outlines eight goals for future road planning and it focuses on operations, maintenance and renewals.
The results of the new report will be used by the department to help develop the next Road Investment Strategy which the Government is expected to publish in 2019.