- The filing was dated January 2012 and doesn't deal with computer vision. If a car hits a pothole, it will note the location using its GPS sensor. Future cars can then avoid the problem spot in the future.
- As more and more self-driving (or normal) cars encounter potholes, Google could come up with extremely detailed maps of the worst roads in your town.
- The trick to the patent is that the quality of the road is judged by the device based on how hard its accelerometer was shaken.
Google Patented a Method for Detecting and Avoiding Potholes
8. 31. 15 by Kif Leswing