If you are living within the United States then you know how majority of the roads are in bad shape. There are now potholes here and there because the budget that was intended for infrastructure was not used for the intended purpose. According to the data released by the AAA, drivers within the country are spending around $3 billion annually in order to have their cars repaired from problems caused by rough roads. Even the best suspension systems in the market have nothing against these roads.
A plan is already in the way as announced by President Trump. The government will set aside a budget worth $200 billion for the improvement of the infrastructure in the country which will cover byways, freeways and highways. The problem is that the plan might only deal with big cities and small cities will have to still endure the rough roads.
There is another solution on the horizon which is presented from the technical side – a smart suspension system. This will help cars to have a smoother ride regardless of the potholes it goes over. It can also deal with other rough surfaces including broken concrete, speed bumps, expansion joints on bridges and cobblestones.
According to ClearMotion which is a spinoff company under MIT which is based in Boston, they are already on the process of creating a proactive suspension system. They said that this new suspension will be a notch better compared to active suspension that is installed on high-end vehicles. Active suspension systems employ electromagnetic fluids or hydraulics in order to make the ride smoother. The suspension system being developed by ClearMotion, on the other hand, will utilize small actuators that will help lift the wheels when there are bumps. In simple illustration, old suspension systems are defensive but the smart suspension system is offensive.
The founder of Clear Motion who is also the CEO, Shakeel Avadhany, said that they are using digital technology to tackle problems with the road. The driver will be aided by a number of software connected to suspension systems while travelling on the road. Every wheel will be installed with accelerometers to act as sensors during impact so that the wheel can move according to the need of the vehicle.