South Bend tests new technology to assess road conditions

The city of South Bend is testing a new road assessment technology called RoadBotics in hopes it will be able to easier spot the roads most in need of construction.

“It’s part of the city’s theme to be a beta test city for new products, new technology,” said Deputy Director of Public Works Jitin Kain.

The data is collected for RoadBotics by cell phone video captured from a standard car driving the road. This could save manpower for the city. The city currently uses a PASER rating system, sending multiple crews out to visually assess the roads.