Date of Award


Document Type



Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2020.


Computer Science and Engineering

First Advisor

Behnam Dezfouli


Roadways play an essential role in toady’s society by contributing to economic growth and development, providing social benefits and fast routes to travel around efficiently. With more and more cars on roads, the quality of the streets is deteriorating faster than before. This decrease in road health contributes to hazards such as potholes and can cause significant damage to vehicles on the road. Currently, the process of improving and monitoring roads’ health is done infrequently and is time-consuming for the government. Therefore, many road quality issues are manually reported by the people who drive on them. This requires filling out forms or making phone calls while also remembering the pothole or road hazard location. In this paper, we present Drive Health, an Internet of Things (IoT) system developed to monitor the health of roadways and to inform the transit authorities of poor road quality. This device also has the potential to inform the driver on how to be a safer and more efficient driver. Drive Health includes a smart sensor and performs machine learning on accelerometer data to process and analyze the device without using the cloud. If the system determines the data indicates the existence of a pothole, its location is recorded and sent to a web server.