Street Bump


Street Bump helps residents improve their neighborhood streets. As they 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 New Urban Mechanics, Connected Bits designed and developed the app, 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 effort.

To learn more about this project, visit streetbump.org.


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  4. [...] the city of Boston seems well aware of the challenges. Street Bump will soon be distributed to thousands of testers and a $25,000 prize will be offered to programmers [...]

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  7. [...] City is also rolling out a smartphone app (currently just for Android) that uses the phone’s sensors to detect and report bumps in the [...]

  8. [...] in-development Street Bump app uses a smartphone’s GPS and accelerometer technology to register the moment when a car [...]

  9. [...] in-development Street Bump app uses a smartphone’s GPS and accelerometer technology to register the moment when a car [...]

  10. [...] in-development Street Bump app uses a smartphone’s GPS and accelerometer technology to register the moment when a car [...]

  11. [...] Handys, um beispielsweise Schlaglöcher zu bemerken und zu lokalisieren. “Street Bump” http://newurbanmechanics.org/bump startet zwar zunächst nur für den Raum Boston, doch will die Stadt ihre App in weiterer Folge [...]

  12. [...] Handys, um beispielsweise Schlaglöcher zu bemerken und zu lokalisieren. “Street Bump” newurbanmechanics.org startet zwar zunächst nur für den Raum Boston, doch will die Stadt ihre App in weiterer Folge [...]

  13. [...] Handys, um beispielsweise Schlaglöcher zu bemerken und zu lokalisieren. “Street Bump” http://newurbanmechanics.org/bump startet zwar zunächst nur für den Raum Boston, doch will die Stadt ihre App in weiterer Folge [...]

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  16. [...] in-development Street Bump app uses a smartphone’s GPS and accelerometer technology to register the moment when a car [...]

  17. [...] While looking for other apps that use Bump I came across Street Bump. [...]

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  19. [...] Street Bump uses the device’s GPS and accelerometer in tandem to detect, locate and report potholes as you drive. The developers claim it’ll be sensitive enough to identify even small cracks and divots before they evolve into dangerous potholes. [...]

  20. [...] Street Bump uses the device’s GPS and accelerometer in tandem to detect, locate and report potholes as you drive. The developers claim it’ll be sensitive enough to identify even small cracks and divots before they evolve into dangerous potholes. [...]

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  22. [...] Street Bump uses the device’s GPS and accelerometer in tandem to detect, locate and report potholes as you drive. The developers claim it’ll be sensitive enough to identify even small cracks and divots before they evolve into dangerous potholes. [...]

  23. [...] defibrillators, Portland’s Metro is crowdsourcing the location of toxic smells, and Boston’s using smartphone vibrations in cars to detect potholes. Everyday, there’s more and more data being generated, and a more [...]

  24. [...] was designed to give Boston residents an easier way to file numerous types of civic complaints, Street Bump takes a more automated and focused approach to the ever-present problem of [...]

  25. [...] road updates, such as Waze. But a new app called Street Bump aims to track the conditions of roads automatically using a [...]

  26. [...] connect users and enable them to share traffic and road updates, such as Waze. But a new app called Street Bump aims to track the conditions of roads automatically using a combination of advanced sensors, [...]

  27. [...] was designed to give Boston residents an easier way to file numerous types of civic complaints, Street Bump takes a more automated and focused approach to the ever-present problem of [...]

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  31. [...] new Street Bump app measures the magnitude of bumps when a driver hits a pothole or rough patch of road using the [...]

  32. [...] Streetbump, Waze o Google Maps son un buen ejemplo de este tipo de aplicaciones. Estas pueden ofrecer información en tiempo real sobre el estado de las carreteras y los lugares en que hay mayor congestión, siempre y cuando, el número de usuarios sea suficiente. [...]

  33. [...] 2011’de Boston’da denemesi yapılan Street Bump (Sokak Çukuru) adındaki uygulama, akıllı telefon sensörlerini kullanarak oluşturduğu yol [...]

  34. [...] launched back in March 2011, the Boston based Street Bump app takes advantage of the sensors on smartphones to give city officials a real-time map of road [...]

  35. [...] se puedan conseguir grandes cosas. Por ejemplo, en Boston se ha probado una aplicación llamada Street Bump que se aprovecha de los sensores de los smartphones para ofrecer un mapa del estado real de las [...]

  36. [...] El segundo caso fue “Street BUMP” una APP de iphone desarrollada por el estado de Boston, que envía automáticamente información de baches en las calles y rutas a los organimos gubernamentales para poder ser reparadas http://www.newurbanmechanics.org/bump/ [...]

  37. [...] Street Bump -http://www.newurbanmechanics.org/bump/. The same idea exists in Boston, now by using a smartphone to ‘see click fix’ [...]

  38. [...] Street Bump -http://www.newurbanmechanics.org/bump/. The same idea exists in Boston, now by using a smartphone to ‘see click fix’ [...]

  39. [...] marzo 2011, se probó en la calles de Boston la aplicación Street Bumpla cual se sirve de las ventajas de los sensores de los smartphones para ofrecer un mapa del estado [...]