The Netherlands are in the process of building Smart Highways

The Netherlands are in the process of building Smart Highways

Did you know¬†that the Netherlands are in the process of building “Smart Highways” which will have glow in the dark lane markings, symbols that illuminate the road when adverse conditions appear and an electric priority lane which will charge electric cars as they drive – set to be ready for service mid 2013.

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.
The luminous road markings and weather indicating roads will debut in the Dutch province of Brabant in the middle of next year. The wind powered and interactive lights along with the induction lanes are also planned to go into service in the next years.

The Netherlands are in the process of building Smart Highways The Netherlands are in the process of building Smart Highways

The Smart Highway idea was designed by Studio Roosegaarde and facilities management group Heijmans. It won Best Future Idea at the Dutch Design Awards, but where concepts like these usually end there, this one is actually getting executed this year.

The glow-in-the-dark color at the center of the new roadway design is made with photo-luminising powder that will replace road marks. After being revealed to sunlight during the day, it then gives 10 hours of glow at night.