RoadBotics data is objective. That’s because our pavement assessments are done by our deep learning model, not humans. Don’t get me wrong, I like humans. In fact, some of my best friends are humans. However, some of the things that make humans so great – our sociability, for example – also makes us less-than-ideal pavement assessors.
Road managers need to communicate why they’re doing what they’re doing. Here’s an exchange that might be familiar to them:
Constituent or Elected Official: (with a hint of contempt) Why are you repairing that road and not my road?
Road Manager: You see, we’ve put together a plan based on the condition of the roads that will keep them in the best condition while minimizing costs.
Constituent or Elected Official: (contempt rising) Yeah, but who determined the condition of the roads? You?
Even the most selfless civil servants cannot avoid suspicion from certain quarters that their road assessment was skewed in some politically-advantageous manner. The solution, of course, is to have a neutral third-party like RoadBotics do the assessment.