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Hertfordshire: World’s first pothole-preventing robot to hit roads in test rollout | Science & Tech News

An autonomous robot designed to tackle potholes using AI is to venture out of a controlled environment and be tested on actual roads for the first time.

The machine called ARRES (Autonomous Road Repair System) PREVENT can identify and characterise potholes and cracks using artificial intelligence.

Pothole-preventing robot. Pic: Zenzic CAM UK.
Pic: Zenzic CAM UK

Pothole-preventing robot. Pic: Zenzic CAM UK.
It can automatically fill the cracks. Pic: Zenzic CAM UK

It can then automatically fill them up to keep out surface water – which otherwise can seep through causing further damage.

Should it be successful, ARRES could save time and money identifying potholes that could worsen due to neglect, and reduce the disruption they cause to motorists.

The robot was developed by tech company Robotiz3d and academics at the University of Liverpool in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council [HCC] Highways Engineers.

It will soon roam the roads of Hertfordshire for a “real-life” road repair on a residential street in the county.

Pothole-preventing robot. Pic: Zenzic CAM UK.
The robot has yet to be put on a real road. Pic: Zenzic CAM UK

Pothole-preventing robot. Pic: Zenzic CAM UK.
The tech has been in development since 2020. Pic: Zenzic CAM UK

So far, it is still in its pilot phase tested extensively under lab conditions.

In development since 2020, the robot is the first of its kind in the world.

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Phil Bibby of Highways at Hertfordshire County Council, said the technology “could be exactly what we need to ensure our road network remains one of the best in the country”.

“We know this issue matters to our residents, so it matters to us too,” Mr Bibby added.

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This notice was published: 2024-01-09 21:42:00

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