Carnegie Mellon University
Continuous Road Damage Detection Using Regular Service Vehicles

Christoph Mertz
Proceedings of the ITS World Congress, October, 2011.

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We outline an affordable system that continuously monitors the road network for surface damage like potholes and cracks. The system consists of a structured light sensor and a camera mounted on vehicles that travel the roads on a regular basis. It makes use of sensors and equipment already present on the vehicle, like GPS on transit buses. The data is collected from many vehicles, aggregated and analyzed at a central location and the assessment results are displayed interactively to facilitate road maintenance operations. We describe in detail the key sensor, the data it collects and the algorithm to detect cracks and potholes.

structured light, pothole detection, road maintenance

Sponsor: Traffic21
Associated Center(s) / Consortia: Vision and Autonomous Systems Center
Associated Lab(s) / Group(s): NavLab
Note: Recipient of a Best Paper Award

Text Reference
Christoph Mertz, "Continuous Road Damage Detection Using Regular Service Vehicles," Proceedings of the ITS World Congress, October, 2011.

BibTeX Reference
   author = "Christoph Mertz",
   title = "Continuous Road Damage Detection Using Regular Service Vehicles",
   booktitle = "Proceedings of the ITS World Congress",
   month = "October",
   year = "2011",
   Notes = "Recipient of a Best Paper Award"