World’s first pothole preventing robot to be road tested in Hertfordshire

An autonomous robot, developed by tech company Robotiz3d and academics at the University of Liverpool in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council Highways Engineers, is set to pass its first test outside of a lab environment, on the roads of Hertfordshire.

Using state of the art imaging technology the team working on the project have now developed the first Autonomous Road Repair System (ARRES).

The robot, officially called ARRES PREVENT, identifies and characterises cracks and potholes in the road using Artificial Intelligence (AI). It then automatically fills the cracks to keep out surface water, which in turn helps to prevent potholes forming. It has the potential to save time and money as well as reducing the disruption potholes cause to road users. More