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Street Bump

Help Improve Your Streets

Street Bump is a mobile app that helps identify potholes by recording "bump" data, providing the City with real-time information to help improve roads.

About the App

Street Bump, a project of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, helps residents improve their neighborhood streets. As users drive, the mobile app collects data about the smoothness of the ride; that data provides the City with real-time information it uses to fix problems and plan long term investments.

Residents use Street Bump to record "bumps” which are identified using the device's accelerometer and located using its GPS. Bumps are uploaded to the server for analysis. Likely road problems are submitted to the City via Open311, so they get fixed (e.g. potholes) or classified as known obstacles (e.g. speed bumps).

In partnership with Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, Connected Bits designed and developed the app while collaborating with IDEO and building from research done with Professor Fabio Carrera and InnoCentive. The City of Boston will make the app freely available so others can use and build on the project's initial efforts.

Connected Bits
Fabio Carrera

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New Urban Mechanics

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    Street Bump App Wins 2013 DGAA Award

    The Digital Government Achievement Awards (DGAA) recognize outstanding agency and department Web sites and projects at the application and infrastructure level. Street Bump, a mobile application that detects potholes on Boston's city streets, won in the 'Goverment-to-citizen' local government category.

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