Friday, September 7, 2018

New system uses AI to detect potholes and other problems

professor John Zelek beside pot holes

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology may soon make it easier and cheaper to detect problems with roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure.

A new AI software system developed by researchers at Waterloo Engineering automatically analyzes photographs taken by vehicle-mounted cameras to flag potholes, cracks and other defects.

“If governments have that information, they can better plan when to repair a particular road and do it at a lower cost,” says John Zelek, a systems design engineering professor. “Essentially, it could mean lower taxes for residents.”

Monday, August 27, 2018

Waterloo’s autonomous vehicle program passes milestone of 100 km on public streets

Autonomoose vehicle

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have reached an important milestone by logging their 100thkilometre on public roads in a self-driving car.

Achieved last week in an industrial area of Waterloo, it is the culmination of almost two years of work since the research team won approval from the Ontario government to do on-road testing in an autonomous vehicle pilot program.

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