Have you ever thought, what a smart highway would be like? Netherlands has a prototype. The design, envisioned by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, has been created in collaboration with infrastructure management group Heijmans. Now, what would the smart highway actually do? A number of things; from showing informative signs in night to charging electric vehicles while driving.
First of all, Studio Roosegararde and Heijmans Infrastructure developed a special glow-light paint. Highways of Netherlands will be painted with it. The paint has special luminous powder. During the day, this luminous powder can “charge” itself from the sunlight and can glow itself during night up to 10 hours. Designers believe glow-in-the-dark paint will make night driving safer.
These two Dutch companies have also designed a “dynamic paint“. It is specially made for icy or colder climates. During snow fall or colder climates, roads as well as the marks on roads will be covered by snow. That time glow-in-the-dark paint won’t work. Then dynamic paint will show its performance. Dynamic paint will activate freshly formed paint automatically over the lines to warn drivers to drive slowly or to slow down.
Except glow-in-the-dark paint and Dynamic paint the road safety design also comes with Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane, and Wind Light. And that’s not all. Electric vehicles will be charged automatically while they will be going on an electric priority lane. And that’s why Roosengaarde and Heijmans have named it “Smart Highway.”
According to Roosengaarde and Heijmans, Netherlands is going to have this “Smart Highway” by mid-2013. Weather-indicating road will be installed in the province of Brabant in mid-2013. The work will start at the beginning of next year.
Source : Wired