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June 22, 2021 | Tom Ballard

Charlotte start-up helping cities inspect roads more efficiently

A Charlotte-based start-up is nearing the end of a pilot project with the City of Philadelphia that could offer a much more cost-effective way for cities to inspect their roads.

The company, named  GoodRoads and founded in 2016, has developed a small box that contains a camera, GPS system, and motion sensors. It magnetically mounts to the hood of any vehicle and uses artificial intelligence to inspect up to three lanes of road at a time.

The pilot won GoodRoads and the City of Philadelphia three recent awards — the “Harvard Civic Innovation Award,” “Smart Cities Connect ‘Smart 50’ Award” (where Chattanooga took home two of the 50), and “CompTIA PTI Sustainability Solutions Award.”

Now, Founder Chris Sunde is participating in the “Techstars Kansas City Acclerator” that just started and runs through September 2.

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