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.
- Carbin: Crowdsourcing Pavement Data (March 2020)
- 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.