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Sydney, Australia will use AI technology to smooth bumpy roads

SYDNEY, July 13 (Xinhua) — Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) state has announced new AI (artificial intelligence) technology designed to automate and revolutionize the way the state’s roads are maintained and repaired.

The project announced on Tuesday will fund a A$2.9 million (US$1.96 million) trial from AI company Asset AI that will install sensors on 32 public buses plying routes in greater Sydney.

The sensors use artificial intelligence to combine visual data with local weather conditions to predict the rate of deterioration of a city’s roads, meaning it could in theory alert maintenance teams before potholes or other road damage pose a risk to traffic.

“There will always be cracks in the road and there will always be potholes, but with smart technology like this we can predict deterioration, modernize service and achieve better outcomes much faster,” NSW Minister for Customer Services and Digital Governance Victor Dominello said.

Currently, road damage and defects are based on reports from residents. However, during months of heavy rain, as has been the case in Sydney, roads often deteriorate faster than can be properly controlled.

The technology will allow “heat maps” of potholes to be created across the city, showing which areas are most in need of repair.

Khal Asfour, mayor of Canterbury Bankstown in Sydney’s south-west, says AI technology has already helped improve road safety in the area.

“We audit our roads every four years and it’s very expensive. This new technology will allow us to do this on a weekly basis,” said Asfour.

“Asset AI uses predictive analytics to improve road maintenance by predicting risk to the community rather than reporting the condition of road assets, and that’s great news for our residents.”

In addition to initial trials in Sydney, the project will also attempt to collect traffic data on 100km of rural roads in the state, areas that are particularly costly and difficult to maintain.

Sydney, Australia will use AI technology to smooth bumpy roads

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