The SpotHole Project

Purpose: Developing a pothole identification system

Ideator: Saurabh A V
Start Date: Oct. 1, 2017

The idea is to build a device for real-time scanning of potholes and unevenness of roads. The data coming in from these devices will help create a heat map of road health across the country. Interested stakeholders will get real-time analysis of roads health which will help them prioritize and plan road preservation activities.

What is the project idea?

The idea is to build a device for real-time scanning of potholes and unevenness of roads. The data coming in from these devices will help create a heat map of road health across the country. Interested stakeholders will get real-time analysis of roads health which will help them prioritize and plan road preservation activities.

Why is this idea needed?

Potholes are a menace that endangers lives and even leads to loss of some. Millions have been spent and yet, it remains an ever-growing problem. This is the problem we aim to eliminate.

Despite accelerated efforts by the Road Ministry to construct new roads, maintenance of large sections of national and state highways still remains a challenge. A major reason is that there is no real-time system for keeping a track of potholes that are formed on roads. Highway maintenance agencies have invested disproportionately in road expansion and left repair and preservation of roads underfunded. A rough estimate would tell you that repairing a road from scratch can cost up to 14 times as preserving roads in decent condition.

What challenges it is addressing

The key disadvantages of delayed repair of potholes are:

- Economic loss due to higher fuel consumption
- Loss of life and serious injury due to accidents caused by potholes
- Increased pollution caused by inefficient fuel usage of vehicles due to poor quality roads
- Connectivity to remote areas suffers a great deal

Hence it is imperative that a digital and open record of potholes on roads be made available to all stakeholders so that timely action can be taken to repair them and accountability of various stakeholders can be checked.

The SpotHole project aims to introduce transparency in the road development efforts to the public and stakeholders. This open information can be used to chalk out robust plans and improve the declining state of roads in India.

How can the success of this project be measured?

We plan to capture data of at least 80 locations in the first year, both inter and intra-city locations.

The key outcomes are:
- Setting up infrastructure in selected locations
- Heat maps of cities and inter-city road health will be publicly available
- Concerned government agencies will have collated data to carry out restoration activities
- Accountability can be measured since all data will be transparent

What is the revenue potential of this idea?

The cost of the equipment and development of this system is very small as compared to benefits that can be reaped from it.

Apart from the economic benefits of saving money due to the timely preservation of roads, there are other benefits such saving of time due to better infrastructure.

Cost of the equipment is mostly a one-time cost, and the equipment will only require occasional maintenance. This cost can be incurred using the funds we receive. Once we set up the entire system and prove its usefulness for all the stakeholders, operational cost for running the system will be derived from various stakeholders who will be directly and indirectly benefitting from it.

SUPPORT THIS IDEA

Budget: 13,440,000
Requires: 90% sponsorship

Makers

Akshay Rana

Operational Lead

Saurabh A V

Ideator