Glow-in-the-Dark Highways Could Be in the Near Future
The best part about the future is we don’t know what’s going to happen. If you told me that everyone would have a pocket device that could give you the weather, listen to music, call people and surf the internet 10 years ago, I would’ve laughed. Now, here we are doing exactly that. What about our roads of the future? While many of our roads are in need of reconstruction, the Netherlands are already working on roads that glow in the dark, warn you if it’s icy and charge your electric car while driving on them.
A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is set to be installed in the Netherlands by mid-2013. Two companies, Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, came up with the highway, which includes: glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night; temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall below zero; and interactive lights along the highway that light up as cars approach. Wind lights that light up using the draft produced by cars and priority induction lanes that can recharge electric cars as they run along them also feature.
What do you think? Do you think we could use some roads like this in the future? Or what else are the ‘roads of tomorrow’ missing?