Believe it or not, the very first smart highway was unveiled last week in Netherlands. The smart highway is self-sustaining and interactive and, what is even more interesting, the new highway is being called “Route 66 of the Future”. Would this smart highway replace all the roads and highways in the world? Let’s discover what this new invention brings new to all the drivers out there.
The smart highway was developed and designed by Daan Roosegaarde in collaboration with Heijmans Infrastructure, a Dutch engineering company. Imagine that a glow-in-the-dark route technology now actually exists on the N329 highway in Oss, about 100 kilometers southeast of Amsterdam. The road markings which make the smart highway unique are made with paint containing photo-luminescent powder that charges in the daytime and then releases a green glow at nighttime.
Why should a smart highway exist? The reason is a green one, as the developer of the smart highway has told to BBC: “The government is shutting down streetlights at night to save money. I was completely amazed that we somehow spend billions on the design and R&D of cars but somehow the roads — which actually determine the way our landscape looks — are completely immune to that process.”
In order for this smart highway to become a reality, the paint used must be thoroughly tested to see how it holds up to the normal wear on a highway. Another concern is the winter. If the authorities will renounce to conventional lighting thanks to the smart highway, what would happen if snow falls and the night is much longer than the day?
Apparently the developers have an answer even for that problem, the complete smart highway system. The concept was first proposed back in 2012 and it also includes temperature sensitive technology: Snowflakes light up the ground when the road gets slippery. This was not included in the Netherlands trial unveiled last week.
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