Google Maps could soon track and help you avoid damaged portions of the road
Google has been working hard on making users love and rely on its Maps navigation services. Surely it isn’t the only service in the world, but I’m sure that many will agree that Google’s offering is one of the most complete services out there. Mountain View continues to improve these services, and today we learn of new plans.
Today we hear of a new patent that Google has filed which will allow the company to use your car’s GPS Navigation system, among other sensors to detect damaged portions of the road through the vibrations that your vehicle is exposed to. This information will then serve Google Maps to effectively route you away from damaged roads whenever possible. The U.S. alone estimates $87 billion in annual losses due to lost time and overcrowded roads, so this would be a major benefit to consumers. Obviously the biggest question left is how Google will be able to track this data with today’s vehicles, or if you would require Android Auto for this to work.
Whatever the case may be it is a push in the right direction. Let’s see how this develops over time, as yes, Self Driving cars would be benefited by it.