Abstract

A system and method are disclosed for developing an accurate and free system for providing data on road structure conditions and to let users know what obstacles drivers encounter along their ride. The accelerometer data from multiple smartphones mounted on vehicles traveling along a road is fed back to data centers. The vibration data of dash mounted phones are identified, possible potholes are detected as peaks in the accelerometer data and registered with the user's location. The location of the device is derived from the current system of combining GPS, Wifi and Bluetooth data to identify precise location. Data from thousands of users are merged, to create a heat map that provides the city and drivers, information about the best/worst roads and potholes/bumps along the way. Cities could use this data to know how to use their resources better and users could plan their route for comfort or safety.

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