In our world where innovation and advances in technology are a daily occurrence, one designer is using current technologies for future road design. Cue Daan Roosegaarde of Studio Roosegaarde with engineers from Heijmans, creators of Smart Highway. Cleverly naming these technologies in his design, Roosegaarde lists them as: “Glow-in-the-Dark Road”,”Dynamic Paint”, “Interactive Light”, “Induction Priority Lane”, and finally “Wind Light”. “Glow-in-the-Dark-Road” uses a photoluminescent paint that charges during the daytime giving around 10 hours of use at nigth. The “Dynamic Paint” is type of thermal reactive paint which in application can alert drivers to potentially hazardous road conditions in real time. The example is given that using this paint you can paint snowflakes that would only show up when roads are below a certain temperature. “Interactive Lights” are a system of lights which uses sensors to activate them as drivers approach and dim as they pass. Another benefit of this system is that lights could be set to encourage speed limits by only lighting up in such a way that speedy drivers could out run the lights. Given that if electric cars are able to charge using induction, the “Induction Priority Lanes” could help to greatly increase the distances in which they are able to travel. As the vehicle passes over the lane, induction coils under the road could charge the batteries. “Wind Lights” similar to “Interactive Lights” are the greener solution to road lighting. An array of pinwheel like wind generators on the side of the road use the wind from passing vehicles to light the road. Smart Highway’s use of technology makes for a overall safer driver experience. This system of technologies is begin tested in the Netherlands in the later part of 2013.
http://www.studioroosegaarde.net/project/smart-highway/ (VIDEO LINK)