A new study was just published on
Sustainable forest management systems require operational measures to preserve the functional design of forest roads. In this recent study, an automated system using consumer-grade optical sensors to monitor forest road surface deterioration was developed. This solution utilizes the YOLOv5 model, enhanced with StrongSORT tracking, to detect and track potholes in footage from vehicle-mounted cameras in diverse geographical regions under different weather conditions. The trained model was applied to a forest road in southern Norway, recorded with a GNSS−fitted dashcam and an exemple road deterioration map was compiled, which can be used for scheduling road maintenance operations.