Houston, TX

Autonomous Pothole Remediation Device and Material for Houston Roads

The KIPP Sunnyside InvenTeam invented a semi-autonomous robot and an asphalt patch compound to repair cracks and potholes in roadways. The system minimizes material waste and road repair worker hazard while providing longer-lasting fills. The robot consists of three main subsystems: drive train, material heater and mixer, and extruder. The drive train is controlled by one worker, instead of an entire work crew. The mixer and heating element evenly mixes the repair material, which lasts longer than standard cold patch asphalt due its flexible and hydrophobic nature. Finally, this novel material is extruded into cracks and potholes for a long-lasting improvement to filling potholes.

Recent Team Blogs

April 5, 2016
Happy Spring!!!! We’ve had a very busy month and want to take out time to bring everyone up to speed. This month, we’ve perfected the chemistry of a newer, more durable fluid to use in our scaled-up prototype. We’ve also had the opportunity to visit the City of Houston...
February 23, 2016
Well, our Mid-Grant Technical Review was a success and we gained lots of new insight, connections, and momentum in the process!!!  We were fortunate enough to have Councilwoman Amanda Edwards, Larius Hassen, the PWE Maintenance Manager for the City of Houston's Department of Public Works...
February 4, 2016
Welcome back all and Happy February!!! We are kicking off the month with a bang and have quite a few developments to share. First off, our materials team has made headway in their exploration of materials that better catalyze Cold Patch. After various trials, they've concocted a mixture that...
January 15, 2016
We've gotten off to a running start!! We've had a productive time back from Winter Break and want to share our progress.  Our Hardware Team #1 has developed a prototype that integrates the drivetrain, sensor and extruder motion subsystems using VEX parts. Its next steps are to fully...