Dutch highways to glow in dark, give weather info

While I may not be much of a car person, I still find this to be an interesting development and cool project. Highways over here never seem to be as lit up as they are in the US but this is a progressive way of making the highway safer while providing more information to drivers. Using less energy is always helpful and environmentally friendly.

More from Wired UK:The Smart Highway by Studio Roosegaarde and infrastructure management group Heijmans won Best Future Concept at the Dutch Design Awards, and has already gone beyond pure concept. The studio has developed a photo-luminising powder that will replace road markings — it charges up in sunlight, giving it up to ten hours of glow-in-the-dark time come nightfall. “It’s like the glow in the dark paint you and I had when we were children,” designer Roosegaarde explained, “but we teamed up with a paint manufacture and pushed the development. Now, it’s almost radioactive”.

Special paint will also be used to paint markers like snowflakes across the road’s surface — when temperatures fall to a certain point, these images will become visible, indicating that the surface will likely be slippery. Roosegaarde says this technology has been around for years, on things like baby food — the studio has just upscaled it.

The first few hundred metres of glow in the dark, weather-indicating road will be installed in the province of Brabant in mid-2013, followed by priority induction lanes for electric vehicles, interactive lights that switch on as cars pass and wind-powered lights within the next five years.


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  • Naja pallida

    It’s hard to be innovative when your government is drowning in the bathtub.

  • NMRon

    Remember when the US used to be a leader in technology innovation.  You remember, 30-40 years ago; before Our Corporate Masters, through their Republican hirelings, decided to drive the nation into the stone age.  Innovation in the US has been sacrificed on the Alter of Protecting Corporate Profits.

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Perhaps it’s this:

    And they wandered in
    From the city of St. John
    Without a dime
    Wearing coats that shined
    Both red and green
    Colors from their sunny island
    From their boats of iron
    They looked upon the promised land
    Where surely life was sweet
    On the rising tide
    To New York City
    Did they ride into the street

    See the glory
    Of the royal scam

    (ref. Steely Dan, ‘The Royal Scam’)

  • Butch1

    I cannot understand why people still want to come here when our own Congress and this government is wanting to drive it into the ground?

  • http://www.rebeccamorn.com/mind BeccaM

    Sure, but doncha know, as I said the other day, American Exceptionalism is now defined by all the things we can’t do — but which the rest of the world can and does.

  • Butch1

    This is really great; meanwhile, we still fight to get any jobs bill so we can have infrastructure to even maintain our roads to just fix the potholes and asphalt them with some road-topping. I wonder if we are going to continue to fall behind in the world when it comes to maintaining our countries roads rails and other things to bring us back in par with other countries? Our railroads are not even up to the standards of where European railroads were back in the mid-eighties. This is really an embarrassment to say this and it’s a black eye on this country. It is Congress and the rich’s fault for holding all of this up and not moving ahead. They know better but for some reason want to keep us in the Dark Ages when it comes to modernizing our rail system, not to mention our automotive mileage. We know very well that the oil companies are sitting on patents that could revolutionize the auto industry with changes in making engines that could get 100 miles to the gallon yet it would not be advantageous for their pocket book and they’ve been sitting on these patents since the 40s or 50s. 

  • samizdat

     Pretty cool, I must say. They’ve even taken the task of laying brick-paver roadways to a new level (my guess is that the paver roadway absorbs water, thus leading to less run-off, and fewer flooding incidents):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Khb5cIq_mO0, and…

  • Cereal

    Dutch highways are already awesome… Quite an experience crossing from Belgium (where infrastructure approaches US levels of halfassery) back into NL… perfect road surface, immaculate markings, helpful and frequent signage, electronic signs warning of traffic or other problems… And no trash, no blown out tires on the sides, every blade of grass on the verge clipped and green…

    It’s amazing what can happen when a country decides to take care of infrastructure. Not surprising in the Netherlands since much of the country is man-made and or under sea level thus needing constant work and protection.

  • Indigo

    That sounds decorative. It’ll be pretty.

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