Christoph Mertz is a researcher at Carnegie Mellon who created a computer program to try and find ways to combat transportation problems in the city of Pittsburgh. As part of Carnegie Mellon’s Traffic 21 research arm, he has built a computer program that, "uses photos to detect cracks in street pavement. He’s been testing it using photos extracted from the video he shoots in his own car, but he’s also working with the city to test the technology. “
As more research and tests are done on the project, it could revolutionize street repairs in the future. The technology could locate road cracks that may go unnoticed with just the naked eye and improve overall road quality in cities nationwide.