Road condition detection technology: A benefit analysis

Toni Lusikka (Corresponding author), Petri Mononen, Pekka Leviäkangas

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This research report describes the results of a benefit analysis on road condition detection technology. Research is limited to Finnish road management.

This study focuses on benefits that can be achieved through monitoring road weather, road conditions and road infrastructure conditions with vehicle sensors. Study also presents costs of road transport infrastructure management and costs caused by adverse weather conditions and infrastructure conditions in road transport sector. System costs and characteristics of the case technology are compared with two different scenarios with different vehicle fleet sizes.

Multiple benefits can be achieved with new data gathered with vehicles. Extensive savings can be realised through proactive winter road maintenance and reduction of road accidents. Highest savings potential is achievable in road infrastructure asset management. However, to reach full potential of the vehicular data, extensive further research and development of supporting systems, simulations and modelling is required.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages35
ISBN (Electronic)978-951-38-8731-5
Publication statusPublished - 2020
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesVTT Technology


  • road weather
  • road condition
  • maintenance
  • infrastructure asset management
  • benefit analysis
  • vehicular detection technology


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