As many of you know, driving over potholes it isn’t exactly a fun moment, especially on your morning commute when you have a cup of scolding hot coffee to sip on. Luckily Land Rover is here to help save you from those pesky craters in the road.
Land Rover is now developing a series of sensors that can detect when a car goes over a pothole and then relay that information both to local road authorities as well as to other vehicles, which could warn drivers of a pothole’s presence or adjust their suspension to make travel smoother. Land Rover also says the tech will be able to detect broken drain covers and raised manhole covers, and it believes the tech will ultimately reduce damage to vehicles.
The idea is to add on a forward-facing camera, potentially allowing its car to scan the road ahead, but it’s also relying on information from the car’s suspension and GPS to upload and dish out the data.
Land Rover views detecting potholes as a step toward a more fully autonomous car. “In the future, we are looking to develop systems that could automatically guide a car around potholes without the car leaving its lane and causing a danger to other drivers,” Mike Bell, Jaguar Land Rover’s connected car director, says in a statement. “If the pothole hazard was significant enough, safety systems could slow or even stop the car to minimize the impact.”
The “pothole protector” is currently being tested on the Range Rover Evoque, but Land Rover’s vision is to eventually help all connected cars out there on the open, and war-torn, roads.