Designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure have teamed up to come up with a potential life saver – where they have called it a ‘Smart Highway’ prototype which will be able to make roads a whole lot safer for drivers, and the whole point of it would be to have the Smart Highway prototype work at night. After all, these will glow in the dark, with the ultimate aim of creating roads that are not only more sustainable, but also a whole lot more interactive (we do not think it will be Disneyland-like levels though) through the clever implementation of lights, smart energy, and road signs which can adapt to specific traffic situations.
Some of these designs include Glow-in-the-Dark roads, Dynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane, and Wind Light.The pathways of the Glow-in-the-Dark roads will be treated with a special kind of foto-luminizing powder, making sure that there is no need for additional lighting, relying on the power of the sun during the day to juice up, where they can then illuminate the contours of the road for up to 10 hours each night. These will be introduced on Dutch highways from next year onwards – and we do wonder why can’t such innovations be implemented in other countries worldwide.
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