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Smart Roads: The UK will use AI to determine the condition of roads

July 22, 2019 / Ryan Daws

The UK is planning to harness AI to help determine the condition of roads and where investment should be prioritised.British drivers are well-accustomed to poor road conditions, especially potholes and the long delays in getting them fixed (one ingenious man has even come up with an innovative way of getting the council to fix them faster.To be fair to councils, keeping all the roads in top condition is expensive. Factors like minimising disruption along busy routes, and planning diversions, must also be considered. Fortunately, AI is beginning to help automate this automotive dilemma. The Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded £2m in funding to a project using AI to examine the condition of roads, forming part of a wider £350 million funding package.