Gaist is working with Deliveroo and Ocado to help the Government with its post-pandemic ‘recovery and re-build’ by mapping England’s worst potholes.

Our digital mapping expertise is to be deployed as part of an innovative Department for Transport (DfT) project to identify and ‘fix’ the country’s most dangerous roads.

By accelerating planned improvements to the country’s ageing infrastructure and expanding the infrastructure for cycling and walking as an alternative to public transport, the Government hopes to encourage more people back to work and school.

Gaist, Deliveroo, Uber, Tesco and Ocado, as well as local highway authorities are supporting the pothole project.

Combining our bank of rich and fresh data on England’s road and roadscape with the intelligence gathered by these delivery companies, ministers hope to build the most comprehensive picture yet of the pothole problem and use the information to target investment.

Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, said: “I want our roads to be as safe as possible, so during the lockdown we’ve resurfaced hundreds of miles of road. But now I want to go further by identifying critical potholes and ensuring these are fixed as quickly as possible.

“We’re teaming up with companies, who know the roads well, in order to map out where remaining potholes exist and then relentlessly target them with our record £2.5 billion pothole repair fund.”

Paula Claytonsmith, Managing Director of Gaist, said: “We are excited to be able to help the Government in this important strand of its Covid-19 recovery efforts which will make our roads safer for all users.

“Our digital mapping expertise will provide Ministers with the precise, fresh data they need to fix our roads, improve mobility and level-up highways across our regions.”

Demand for high-quality, fresh, data about the UK’s highways and road-side assets and infrastructure has surged in recent years due to its role in facilitating key policy developments aimed at driving the economy forward. These include the roll-out of 5G and the introduction of connected autonomous vehicles.

Gaist recently announced plans to develop a range of national high-definition road data services including base maps, national imagery, change intelligence and analytical ready data in order to respond to the growing needs of both public and private markets.

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