The Quest for A Smarter Road

When most of us think of a future roadway, we usually think of cars as the first step to that. Not Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. During the past Dutch Design Week, Daan and the company released their first prototypes for a “smart highway.” Using the latest technology and techniques, they plan to build roads that are more sustainable, safe, and intuitive.

Within the next 3-5 years, Roosegaarde hopes to bring technologies such as the Glow-in-the-Dark Road, Dynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane and Wind Light to the roads around Europe. These techniques to building a future road aren’t the most advanced technology but they are simple enough to work

The Glow-in-the-dark roads that are being prototyped involving using a special foto-luminising powder making extra lighting unnecessary. The powder is charged by any light that hits it during the day and illuminates the road at night for up to 10 hours.

Smart paint highway

The Dynamic Paint is a special type of paint that becomes visible on the surface of the road when it’s cold or slippery. This paint could warn drivers of hazardous conditions that they might not otherwise be aware of.

Electric car priority lane

Another interesting idea in the design is the electric priority lane, which would charge electric cars as they drove over the special lane.

These design prototypes are truly futuristic. Just one of these designs by themselves would offer an innovative roadway, but when combined, they are truly futuristic and could lead to a better driving experience.

Check out more at Studio Roosegaarde

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