Hyderabad: The recent spell of rains made Hyderabad roads filled with potholes and water logging. And while many went on to complain about the bad condition of roads, International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Hyderabad has come up with an innovative solution for the problem. Researchers both students and faculty are developing a prototype to do a mapping of the potholes and water logging areas in the city and provide data sets on the areas affected.
“We recently started the experiment of capturing road conditions by installing cameras in cars. These cameras will take videos of the road and using our algorithm we will detect where the potholes are, where the waterlogging is and how good/bad the roads are,” said Dr C V Jawahar, faculty, IIIT-Hyderabad.
The institute has spoken to the State government here and has got positive response for the project. They plan to conduct the pilot once they finish the prototyping and see how it can be scaled up in the city. The technology which is converted from the autonomous navigation system is just in the experimental stage and in the next couple of months the institute will be ready with the proposal.
According to Dr Jawahar, the technology can also work for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Ola to detect driver performance. “The technology can look at if the driver driving the car is actually the registered one or someone else. It can see if the driver is focused or sleeping while driving the car. This will help in better adoption of these services,” he added.