The most unfortunate outcome of this is that when the rockets blast off, our beloved GPS will no longer function. How will we find our way? Clearly, a more robust navigation system is needed, one that cannot fail just because of a few orbital explosions.
The solution, of course, is Pothole Fingerprints.
This system uses a special transducer to pick up vibrations as you drive along a road. Potholes, speedbumps and different road textures will have varying effects on the suspension system, all of which is recorded into a continuous sound file.
The audio is time-stretched to compensate for measured road speed, then fed into a modified 'Shazam'-like service to identify the melody of the pothole fingerprint.
Some roads may take many minutes, others only a few seconds. Feeding in other basic data (compass, inclination) may improve the results.