Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to develop and test a unique Pothole Alert system.

Jaguar Land Rover has announced plans to develop and test a unique Pothole Alert system.

As part of the project, JLR will use a Range Rover Evoque research vehicle which can identify the location and severity of potholes, broken drains and manhole covers.  The research vehicle will use the crossover's MagneRide sensors to monitor changes in the height of the suspension to help locate the aforementioned road hazards.  The model will also be equipped with new road surface sensing technology including a stereo digital camera that could enable the vehicle to determine how severe potholes are before ever getting near them.

JLR is also exploring how this information could be shared with other drivers, so they can slow down or avoid potholes altogether.  The company also says the information could be used to adjust suspension settings ahead of time to reduce the risk of punctures as well as wheel and vehicle damage.

JLR Global Connected Car Director Mike Bell also noted, "In the future, we are looking to develop systems that could automatically guide a car around potholes without the car leaving its lane and causing a danger to other drivers. If the pothole hazard was significant enough, safety systems could slow or even stop the car to minimize the impact. This could all help make future autonomous driving a safe and enjoyable reality."

The company is also working with the Coventry City Council to understand how information gathered by the system could be shared with road maintenance crews.  As part of this initiative, pictures and GPS positions of potholes could with shared with local officials.