Cooley On Cars
Pothole tech deals with lousy real-world roadsIf you can't fix 'em, at least detect them.
I don't know where you are but here in Northern California, it's all a path holes. I'm a [UNKNOWN] in Germany or Switzerland, I never find good roads anywhere I travel So to me pothole technology is suddenly not some odd gimic but I think it's actually important. Some Ford vehicles like Fusion Sport or a Lincoln MKZ have adaptive suspension standard and along with continuous adjustment of damping for handling and ride quality it can also sort of lift a wheel when it detects it's about to go through a pothole. Jag Land Rover has something similar But not so much focusing on lifting a wheel over a pothole, but rather conforming the suspension in real time to transmit less of the pothole to the inside of the car. In Boston they're doing something interesting, they have an app called Street Bump for the average commuter to put on their phone. And then using the accelerometers in your phone It will figure out if you've just gone through a pothole or a sunken manhole cover like I just did and then figure out where that was based on GPS of course. Now from what I've read they haven't done a lot of repairs based on this information but information in and of itself can be fun. Kansas City uses tech to spot potholes as well as not look for them where they aren't. And if you're like me and have little faith that potholes will ever be patched up then maybe you just need wheels to handle them better. Michelin's Acorus is a concept wheel that uses stiff rubber outer flanges that resist being ruined by the edges of a pothole, while also giving the tire side wall a more forgiving backing, to avoid the pinching that often cuts or ruins those. Or maybe you wanna get paid for driving over crappy roads in the form of free electricity. Audi's been toying with a technology that would charge your car with every impact. Hey, come to California, you'll be able to set up your own utility by just driving a mile. Not away from this technology to get fully [UNKNOWN] you're waiting to buy a new car that might have it, you can always do the old fall back, get on your waze app and report those potholes, and pretend someone's going to do something about it. [SOUND]