HONOLULU – The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) announces a new pilot project with i-Probe Inc to test connected automotive hardware and software technologies. On Monday, June 20, 2022, Governor David Ige, Hawaii Department of Transportation Director Jade Butay, and Masamichi Watanabe, President and CEO, i-Probe Inc., signed a Memorandum of Understanding allowing HDOT to access i-Probe’s custom inspection vehicle and data through June 23, 2023.

Governor Ige said, “This pilot project represents an opportunity for our daily efforts to flow directly into an improvement system. Through the operation of the Custom Inspection Vehicle, HDOT will be able to quickly gather information about the drivability of our roads in a way that was not possible just a few years ago.

“We are very proud of our new partnership with HDOT,” said Masamichi Watanabe, President and CEO, i-Probe Inc. “By testing our technology in real environments, we hope that very soon our innovation will help relaunch road infrastructure for safe and smooth driving in the State of Hawaii and the United States.

Data collected by i-Probe Inc. can be compared to data already compiled by HDOT to validate transportation-related trends, which can be used to plan road maintenance and improvements. i-Probe custom inspection vehicle data is available through a proprietary cloud site including mobile connection, data collection and analysis.

“The i-Probe custom inspection vehicle will make it easier and unobtrusive to collect drivability data that we report to the Federal Highways Administration,” said Jade Butay, director of the Hawaii Department of Transportation. “We look forward to testing and validating the data and opportunities for improvement in how we maintain the national highways this opens up.”

HDOT is currently collecting data on the condition of existing roads through a biennial National Road Survey using the Laser Crack Measurement System. Validated pavement conditions and other data used to program freeway projects are available at


About i-Probe Inc.

Using car-mounted sensors, i-Probe Inc. offers the unique capability and in-depth industry knowledge needed to help access road conditions.

Road deformations such as potholes are identified by i-Probe Road sensors and transmitted to the cloud in real time, allowing partners such as local and national road operators to quickly gain insight of their routes, which saves a lot of time and resources.


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