Project Type: Interaction Design
Date: Fall 2014
Location: Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, United States
Group Members: Mengjiao Han, Ryan Pireson, Jane Cen
Role: Concept, Research, Analyst, Visualization, Presentation, Ideation, Wireframe, 3D Modelling, Rendering
Skills: Research, Service Design, Interface, Interaction, Product Design
This project focuses on providing a direct solution to city potholes - an automatic system with no human error that utilizes the existing infrastructure and available technology.
In order to troubleshoot the problem. The team aims to shorten the process time between discovering potholes, recording potholes, and repairing potholes.
The design consists a physical camera and a conceptual database. The camera will be attached to the back of mail truck to record road conditions. Mail trucks cover all routes in the city, making it an ideal carrier for the camera design. The camera will function automatically to avoid increasing the workload of mail truck drivers.
Potholes form when moisture collects in small holes and cracks in the road surface. As temperatures rise and fall, the moisture expands and contracts due to freeing and thawing. This breaks up the pavement and, combined with the weight of passing cars, eventually results in a pothole.
City of Syracuse is famous for heavy snowfalls during winter. Due to the extreme weather conditions and constant needs of plowing snow in preventing ice formation, potholes appears frequently on all type of city roads. However, Department of Public Work often struggle with keeping up with poor road conditions. When dealing with potholes sighting, traditional methods like phone calls, emails, or lling out forms on city website to report are sometimes impractical and inconvenient.