In 2017, America’s roads received a D rating by the American Society of Civil Engineers. For cities and states to improve their grade, they must first be able to accurately measure the quality of their pavements. Unfortunately, this often proves expensive and challenging.
To address this problem, CSHub researchers have created Carbin, an app that directs users to their destination while measuring pavement quality and its effect on fuel consumption.
With every trip they take, Carbin users contribute to a growing public map of pavement and emissions data that can help to inform infrastructure repair and fight climate change. Carbin has already surveyed hundreds of thousands of lane miles around the globe in countries like Mexico, China, and the United States.
- MIT News: Crowdsourcing data on road quality and excess fuel consumption (May 2021)
- The New York Times: Mapping Potholes by Phone (January 2020)
- Cheddar: Crowdsourcing Road-Quality Info With the Carbin App (December 2019)
- MIT News: Reading the Heartbeat of the Road (January 2019)
- Carbin: Crowdsourcing Pavement Data (March 2020)
Measuring Road Quality and Excess Fuel Consumption with Smartphones
Carbin at CONEXPO-CON/AGG
- Botshekan, M., Asadi, E., Roxon, J., Ulm, F-J., Tootkaboni, M., Louhghalam, A. (2021). Smartphone-enabled road condition monitoring: from accelerations to road roughness and excess energy dissipation. The Proceedings of the Royal Society, 477: 20200701. 20200701
- Botshekan, M., Roxon, J., Wanichkul, A., Chirananthavat, T., Chamoun, J., Ziq, M., . . . Ulm, F. (2020). Roughness-induced vehicle energy dissipation from crowdsourced smartphone measurements through random vibration theory. Data-Centric Engineering, 1, E16.