The idea has taken off, and RoadBotics currently contracts with nearly 100 governments across the United States. They also have expanded into Australia and India.
RoadBotics’ next big hurdle is figuring out how to spread their message as broadly as possible. It is one of 50 startup finalists competing in the 2019 SXSW Pitch Competition.
“I was really pushed at CMU to think about how computer algorithms could be useful for the real world,” Mertz said. “For me personally, being part of SXSW really validates the research I’ve been doing.”