Future Of Smart Cities with AutoPi

Future Of Smart Cities with AutoPi

What is a smart city?

The 4th Industrial Revolution was first introduced by Klaus Schwab in 2015 and now it is paving the way for the development of Smart Cities.

We are talking about a smart city when advanced urban infrastructures use data to increase living experience for the citizens.

You might have heard about smart buildings or grocery ordering refrigerators, where gaining data from an individual's routine and robotize their daily tasks allow them a more cost and time efficient way of living.

However, the new generation of Internet of Things (IoT) in the automation industry is taking urban services to an entirely new level.

As some experts have explained it, 'smart cities are basically regular cities on testosterones'. Smart cities have amazing infrastructure and rapid growth. 

What is AutoPi and how it is connected to the smart city?

AutoPi delivers innovative connected car services to enhance and reimagine the driving experience for citizens. AutoPi is working on solutions to make a digital transformation in the automotive industry and build a foundation for human centric mobility services.

AutoPi.io is specializing in IoT hardware devices and extendable cloud platform to securely connect vehicles to the internet and gain data of automotive usage which provide a cheaper, safer and smoother way of driving for its users.

Even though the widespread adoption of IoT technology is still facing some challenges, besides the automotive industry, connected lightning devices and healthcare is also one of the fastest growing sectors in the automation industry. It is not that far away when AutoPi solutions will be able to unite all these sectors and enhance a better quality of life for citizens.

Therefore we have decided to put together a series of articles to give you an opportunity to gain valuable insights and help you stay tuned with the latest updates on smart city mobility solutions.

Road Condition Detection
Poorly maintained road surfaces are very harmful for the vehicles but they are also limiting the safe, secure and reliable transportation of people, goods and services in the urban areas.

Bad road conditions like potholes or layer of ice on the road provides unsecure transportation and favor to the poor growth of the economy.

Good road conditions allow commuters fast and smooth movement and transit goods and services from the manufacturers to the consumers that cherish the development of the economy.

That is why it is important to detect and maintain road conditions in the early stage and provide safe and reliable road networks.  

A view on the mountain road with holes in the road, ice on the sides and mountains in the long distance


Did you know that a recent study of The Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation estimates that road problems like potholes and iced-over stretches of highway cause more than 42,000 deaths a year in the US?


Maintenance of roads are typically handled by the public road service. Detection of condition relies on manual inspection and reporting, sometimes by the users of the roads.

The process is tedious, cumbersome and prone to errors and mistakes. With an automatic system including full reporting, this process could be highly improved while at the same time reducing the costs of road maintenance.


Using AutoPi for road surface detection

Current road maintenance depends on manual detection and reporting, often visual. AutoPi has built-in sensors with capabilities to collect and process data about the environments, which solves the problem of having  a reliable and up-to-date data foundation for making valid decisions about road surface conditions.

There is a built-in accelerometer in AutoPi which detects every movement of the device and shows if the device was moved, because of a pothole or bad road surface. 

Additional sensors can be added to the AutoPi with ease. The AutoPi has a built-in BLE connection, which makes it possible to connect to various other sensors. One such is the Texas Instruments CC2650 SensorTag, which has a built-in accelerometer:

An illustration of Texas instruments  CC2650 on a white background

The TI-Sensortag connects  to the AutoPi dongle via bluetooth. Placing additional sensors on various places in the car, can give a detailed overview of how the road surface is. With the AutoPi connected to the Cloud, data can be uploaded to any location for analysis.

An illustration of how AutoPi sends and gets data to analyze the road surface condition

With a solid data foundation, an analysis of the road surface condition can be performed, via pattern detection. The AutoPi also relays GPS position, so with all the data collected by the AutoPi and the external sensors, it would be  possible to create a report showing exactly where and how severe a pothole was. 

Even though, AutoPi serves the driver on the first place, not only citizens can benefit from the collected data. In the future, AutoPi could automatically send this information to governmental institutions to speed up their reaction time, optimize their resources and lower accident rates.

Two kids being surrounded by endless number of lines that represent the creativity and limitless options

Overall, AutoPi is designed as a collaborative digital platform to allow governments, businesses and citizens to take initiative in the shaping of the future Smart Cities.

It is a human centric approach for collaborating and co-creating solutions with the citizens, so the real potentials of AutoPi is with the true innovators. We are ready. Are you?

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