As millions of Americans prepare for their return to their physical offices after Labor Day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and RoadBotics teamed up to release a new report called AI for Infrastructure. The report ranks major city road conditions using RoadBotics objective assessment methods and provides insights from the Foundation around the results for government leaders.
For the study, RoadBotics collected 75-miles of road condition data in each city using its advanced smartphone-powered automated pavement assessment process. The data was then analyzed by our proprietary artificial intelligence to identify pavement distresses, such as potholes and fatigue cracking, and assign conditional ratings. A color-coded map displays the results on RoadWay, our online platform. The process is an efficient, objective, and cost-effective solution to pavement assessment when compared with traditional methods.
So how do the road conditions in these cities compare?
Philadelphia’s road conditions ranked the best, followed by Jacksonville, FL, and New York City. Other populous and congested cities such as Washington, D.C., Houston, and Los Angeles ranked 10th, 13th, and 17th, respectively. Phoenix and Detroit tied for the worst road conditions at 19th place.
“The great thing about having objective, visual results is that you know what you have and what condition it’s in, creating a digital twin of your road infrastructure,” explains RoadBotics Co-Founder and CEO Benjamin Schmidt, Ph.D. “You can begin to plan for short-term repairs, new construction, or long-term maintenance.”