myPothole Detector harnesses the power of the myRIO using the built in accelerometer which determines whether a pothole has been detected using the the z-axis acceleration and signal processing. A GPS module is connected to the myRIO via the serial port and logs the current location when a pothole is detected.
By connecting the myRIO to a PC with Google Earth installed, potholes can be plotted live onto the map. This makes it easier for the authorities to quickly see which areas are affected the most and can prioritise the fixing schedule based upon this.
Check out the project page for more info: Project Page
Now a bit of information about me. My name is Sean Fuller and I am currently on a one year internship at National Instruments. I study BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering at the University of Portsmouth and this was my first project I created during my internship.