SmartRoadSense goes to the cloud

You may have already noticed but… we have big plans for our project!

At the moment, only drivers on the Italian road network are able to use SmartRoadSense. The idea of opening up the service for more drivers was always in the back of our heads. However, only a few weeks ago, we started thinking seriously about how to make our platform available from other countries as well.

Days ago we took the first bold step: we moved our entire computing platform to Marche Cloud, the cloud service by Regione Marche (they are one of our partners in the CROWD4ROADS European project).

What does that mean? It means that we now have all the computing power that we need to receive and process data from other countries! More news coming soon.

SmartRoadSense, reloaded!

The new and improved SmartRoadSense 3.0 is now ready, right on time for the holiday season, both for Apple iOS and Google Android.

The original SmartRoadSense app for Android was released in February 2015 and has been on the road for months, achieving almost 25.000 kms of tracked roads thanks to our beta-testers and early adopters!

In the meantime, the SmartRoadSense team has been feverishly working both on our infrastructure, the road quality measurement system and, of course, the mobile application.

SmartRoadSense 3.0 has been rewritten from the ground up, now including the following new features:

  • At first launch, a short tutorial with guided setup (including an accelerometer calibration step) is displayed.
  • Vehicle type and anchorage type can be specified for each recording to improve data quality and aggregation accuracy.
  • Improved and more efficient opportunistic background upload (uses less data and consumes less power).
  • Fixed GPS location tracking and suspension detection (if you forget turning off the app, it will stop recording automatically).
  • Several stability improvements.

Let us know what you think here through the comments and leave a 5★ review on the store to support the project. We are eager to hear from you. Happy road-sensing!

Impressions from the CROWD4ROADS press conference

Some pictures taken during the press conference of the CROWD4ROADS European project in Urbino.

The SmartRoadSense team: Alessandro Bogliolo, Antonio Esposito, Andrea Seraghiti, Lorenz Cuno Klopfenstein, Michele Sorcinelli, Brendan Paolini, Saverio Delpriori, Alberto Carini, Valerio Freschi, and Emanuele Lattanzi.

CROWD4ROADS: the European project

Ideas such as “sharing economy“ and “active citizenship” providing a sizable contribution to sustainability initiatives about road infrastructure, passenger transport, and traffic.

This is the main idea behind CROWD4ROADS (or “C4Rs” in short), the European project that, joining initiatives such as SmartRoadSense and BlaBlaCar, will leverage the impact of collective awareness, sustainbility, and social innovation on road networks.

The project will be officially presented on 3 December 2015 in Urbino (Italy) at Collegio Raffaello.

Download the press release (in Italian).

Mapped 1% of Italian roads

SmartRoadSense was launched on 21 February. Since then, thanks to its early adopters, SmartRoadSense has monitored and mapped more than 1% of Italian roads.

The net of coloured roads is growing fast, especially in the north of the peninsula. Join the SmartRoadSense community and monitor the quality of the roads you travel every day!

Tens of cities reached in one month

In just one month, SmartRoadSense has connected tens of cities which are hundreds of miles apart from each other, including Ancona, Bologna, Torino, Verona, Milano, Perugia, Mantova, Ravenna, and Genova.

In three weeks

After three weeks from the Italian release of SmartRoadSense, the 0.5% of Italian roads has been already visited and classified by our users. Thank you!

This corresponds to more than 4,000 kms out of the 800,000 km of the Italian road network.

Much road has been traveled, but much more remains!

In two weeks

Only two weeks have passed since the launch of SmartRoadSense in Italy.

Thanks to our first 150 users, SmartRoadSense has covered more than 3,000 kms of road, it has processed more than 200 millions of acceleration readings, it has computed more than 700,000 roughness estimates, contributing to the online interactive map, and it has made available more than 14 MBs of open data online.

The results achieved are more than encouraging and describe the full potential of this tool and the strength of the active participations by citizens in monitoring public assets, such as road infrastructure.

Help us, it’s easy: just download the Android app, install it, attach your smartphone to the car’s dashboard, and start recording every time you drive your car.

Apps for iOS and Windows Phone are under development.