About the AppStreet 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.