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Pothole alert system on the cards from Ford

Posted on 23 Feb 2017

It seems the hardly a week goes past without the motor industry announcing further technological developments aimed at assisting drivers when on the move. With this in mind Ford have taken things a step further with the announcement that they looking to introduce a pothole detection system.

Pothole alert system on the cards from Ford

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Experimenting with a system that can detect potholes on the road ahead, Ford has been testing at its European Research Centre in Aachen, Germany. Using on board cameras that scan the road ahead, the results of the road conditions will be displayed on the drivers screen.

According to Ford, a claim is made every 17 minutes by a driver at an average cost of £432. Speaking about the research that is being undertaken, Uwe Hoffmann from Ford commented, “A virtual pothole map could highlight a new pothole the minute it appears and almost immediately warn other drivers that there is a hazard ahead”. He added “Our cars already feature sensors that detect potholes and now we are looking at taking this to the next level.”

The problem of potholes on the UK roads has been highlighted by the Road Surface Treatments Association (RSTA), with a cost £11.8bn required to clear the pothole backlog on the UK roads. When asked about the Ford pothole programme they commented “Anything that helps to avoid pothole damage, great, let’s support that, but let’s also think about road maintenance being properly funded”.  

The latest Ford technology is available to test drive at Jennings Ford Direct, for further information call 0333 414 9750 to speak to a member of the Ford technology team. 



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