The app, called RoadMApp, can help the government in spotting potholes and fixing them before things get out of hand.
Hearing your bones rattle every time your vehicle runs over a pothole and lands with a thud? Well, it’s actually all good as long as you live to tell the story.
Because, consider this: according to data released by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, 2,700 people were killed and over 6,500 were injured in road accidents across India caused by poor road conditions in 2015.
In an interview with FactorDaily, renowned civic activist and leader, RK Mishra, stressed on the lack of a mechanism to trace and fix bad roads in India.
“The larger problem municipalities have is that there is no method to track potholes, so it takes long periods to fix them. And then, the quality is also compromised. Making bad roads is the new business,” said Mishra.
He has developed an app that gathers real-time data on poor road conditions, including potholes and sunken roads
However, with Pothole Fix users have to make a lot of effort to upload data
The algorithms in the app switch on when the driver hits the road.
The phone’s sensors, such as accelerometer and gyroscope, detect when the user’s car or bike slows down and a bump is hit, while the GPS determines location. The data is recorded every 5 seconds. The algorithms in the app filter down to distinguish between potholes, speed bumps and stretches of bad road. The information is sent off into a larger data stream of information from RoadMApp users. When enough people hit a big bump in the same spot, the app recognises it as a pothole.
The condition of the roads is indicated by the use of different colours: from green = smooth to red = bumpy. Blue spots show the locations of speed breakers.
Gangrade expects at least 3,000 users from each city to build a better database on road condition. “As and when the number of users increases, the data would also populate and deliver better outputs,” said Gangrade.
RoadMApp crowdsources the data, which local government can use to alert riders to the location of potholes, assign crews to fix them in the short term, and plan longer-term investments to revamp stretches of road.
Gangrade expects at least 3,000 users from each city to build a better database on road condition.