"Smart Highways" in the Netherlands Will Glow in the Dark (Videos)

The U.S. needs glow in the dark roads! Hat tip @Scrataliano.

From Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans' press release:

Smart Highway
Instead of focusing on the car to innovate the driving experience, Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans are innovating the highway. Innovative designs such as the Glow-in-the-Dark Road, Dynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane and Wind Light will be realized within the following five years. The goal is to make roads that are more sustainable and interactive by using interactive lights, smart energy and road signs that adapt to specific traffic situations.

First prototypes Glow-in-the-dark Road and Dynamic Paint
The pathways of the Glow-in-the-dark roads are treated with a special foto-luminising powder making extra lighting unnecessary. Charged in day light, the Glow in-the-dark road illuminates the contours of the road at night up to 10 hours. Dynamic Paint, paint that becomes visible in response to temperature fluctuations, enables the surface of roads to communicate relevant and adequate traffic information directly to drivers. For example ice-crystals become visible on the surface of the road when it’s cold and slippery.

Although Dynamic Paint and Glow-in-the-dark Road will be realized next year, the first pieces of the ‘Smart Highway’ are open for the public during the Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.




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