Talkin' Tech: AI road to future

Technology could soon assist governments to identify defects in roads and other infrastructure.

Technology could soon assist governments to identify defects in roads and other infrastructure.

GOVERNMENTS may soon be able to use artificial intelligence (AI) to easily and cheaply detect problems with roads, bridges and buildings.

A new AI software system developed by researchers at the University of Waterloo automatically analyses 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,” said John Zelek, an engineering professor at Waterloo.

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