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UK Start-Up: First Autonomous AI Pothole Repair Vehicle


Robotiz3, a start-up from the United Kingdom (UK), developed an autonomous robot that uses Artificial Intelligence to repair potholes on roads in the UK. This is the world’s first such vehicle, replacing the labor-intensive conventional pothole repair methods. Considering the UK’s aging infrastructure alongside the increase in road users, it is expected that the need for pothole repairs will rise. The robot is called ARRES (Autonomous Road Repair System).

The company developed the robot at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Daresbury Laboratory. It utilizes advanced robotics combined with AI to locate and fix potholes by analyzing geometry and measurement data. Furthermore, it can help authorities prioritize preventive road maintenance. Most importantly, it is cost-effective, reduces repair time, reduces carbon emissions, and increases the safety of the roads.

CEO and co-founder of Robotiz3d, Lisa Layzell, said “This is the first autonomous technology of this kind developed specifically to tackle the pothole crisis which plagues many parts of the country, and which is estimated to have cost more than £1 billion to repair over the last decade,”, adding that “For Robotiz3d, locating to STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory has provided us with a technologically sophisticated environment to operate in. The expertise available, both in technology and business development, have been invaluable as we move towards the commercialization phase of our business.” Located at Sci-Tech Daresbury in the Liverpool City Region, the Daresbury Laboratory provides affordable and flexible access to advanced manufacturing facilities while also providing business support. While the official testing of the robot is ongoing, the laboratory also provided the needed space and enabled the possibility of developing the prototype and making progress from concept to market. Therefore, Robotiz3d is currently making progress toward commercializing its technology.

Article Source and Credit: Robotiz3d