The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has announced plans to employ artificial intelligence (AI)-based surveys to assess the status of the city’s 1,434 km of arterial and sub-arterial roads.
As reported by The Hindu, the civic body has already carried out a test project on the AI-based survey of roads last year for 15 kilometers. Based on this, the BBMP requested proposals for an agency to conduct the survey.
According to BBMP Chief Commissioner Tushar Giri Nath, the BBMP will use AI to identify a number of issues, including the presence of appropriate signboards and kilometer indicators. Giri Nath stated that for this endeavor, footage of the roads would be taken using a vehicle equipped with an AI technology-based camera. The survey will be conducted at least four times every year.
The AI-based survey will also determine the state of potholes, missing metal beam crash barriers, broken curbs, and the functionality of lamps and solar blinkers. It is speculated that the survey will help the AI system in improving the quality of the roads.
According to authorities, the BBMP had already spent around 5 lakh surveying 15 kilometers as part of the pilot project. Giri Nath admits that investing 5 lakhs for 15 kilometers is quite expensive, therefore requested local agencies to volunteer so that the AI survey is implemented at a much lower cost.