Getting Smart with Road Repair
With a large portion of Japan's extensive infrastructure in use for nearly 60 years, experts must now constantly work to repair and maintain the nation's roads and highways. This report features companies that are using smartphones to identify and log damaged roads and manholes.

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[Global Trends: Kyoto Tweaks Tourism with Technology]
Tourists have returned to Kyoto Prefecture. Japan's ancient capital is eager to regain its place as a top destination, but is also hoping technology can help keep the massive crowds in check.

Getting Smart with Road Repair

A city road inspection vehicle uses a dash-mounted smartphone equipped with AI software to identify and report road damage, which is then sent to a cloud-based assessment and mapping system
The labor-intensive task of checking manhole conditions across Japan is now being turned into local events where members of the public help complete the task by using a game-like smartphone application

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Nighttime events are held at over 20 landmarks in the Kyoto area, encouraging people to spread out and avoid the daytime crowds
Tourists can join virtual tours or enjoy a personalized experience via Kyoto's metaverse