The technology, Cartegraph, will cost the city nearly $550,000 to lease two cars, which will drive around town assessing potholes, bumps and overall road conditions.
“We’re going forward with a five-year plan to double street efforts,” said Mayor Faulconer.
The vehicles are outfitted with line scan cameras to generate condition data that helps determine the cost of maintaining the city’s road network. Cartegraph will assess all 2,774 miles of streets – 2,659 miles of asphalt and 115 miles of concrete roads – in the city over the next year.
The last citywide assessment occurred in 2011 and the City Auditor’s Office has recommended the street network be surveyed at least once every four years.
During his State of the City speech, Mayor Faulconer said he would bring forward a series of reforms to repair the City’s repair system.
“With this level of technical exam, we will be able to direct where the most need is first and prioritize and go from there,” said councilmember Scott Sherman.
The vehicles have been collecting data in north part of the city since late January.
Los Angeles is one of the cities to utilize the technology.