Potholes are among the daily pitfalls plaguing Sydney drivers and for the first time the dangerous and costly hazards are being mapped in real time.
New technology installed on buses and rubbish trucks is detecting cracks – and stopping potholes in their tracks.
Cameras have been fitted on rubbish trucks and motion sensors on buses to map Sydney’s damaged roads.
Customer Services Minister Victor Dominello said the vehicles were an “obvious” choice for the new technology.
“Garbage trucks travel on every road, buses travel on every major road – combining both of them to identify potholes is the obvious way forward,” he said.
More than 30 Transport for NSW buses are testing the technology in a three-month trial across councils including Georges River, Liverpool, Sutherland The Hills, Ryde and Willoughby.
Canterbury-Bankstown rubbish trucks have the new tools.
Roads Minister Natalie Ward said the department was constantly monitoring road conditions.
It’s possible thanks to Asset AI technology.
Motion sensors monitor roads in real time, creating a heat map to pinpoint problem areas.
The aim is to identify small cracks before they turn into big and costly headaches for drivers.
Brooke Knox from Transport for NSW said it was hoped roads could be fixed before they deteriorated.
With Sydney’s intense rain recently, there’s plenty of damage.
“The idea of the trial is to try and detect the road condition before it gets worse, so we can have predictive maintenance and so the council crews can go out there and fix it,” Knox, said.
It’s hoped the trial will soon be rolled out across the state.