Glow-In-The-Dark Highway Keeps Drivers Safe

Glow-In-The-Dark Highway Keeps Drivers Safe

Coming to the Netherlands in 2013, this smart highway features dynamic paint and interactive light that lets cars know road conditions.

Emma Hutchings
  • 29 october 2012

Designer and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure have developed a ‘Smart Highway’ prototype that will make the roads safer for drivers. Their goal is to create roads that are more sustainable and interactive by using lights, smart energy, and road signs that adapt to specific traffic situations.

Glow-In-The-Dark Highway Keeps Drivers Safe

The designs include the Glow-in-the-Dark road,┬áDynamic Paint, Interactive Light, Induction Priority Lane, and Wind Light.The pathways of the Glow-in-the-Dark roads are treated with a special foto-luminising powder so they don’t need extra lighting. They charge up in the daylight and then illuminate the contours of the road for up to 10 hours at night. Dynamic Paint becomes visible in response to temperature fluctuations, enabling the surface of roads to communicate relevant traffic information directly to drivers, like images of ice-crystals that become visible when it’s cold and slippery.

The ‘Smart Highway’ was selected as the Best Future Concept by the Dutch Design Awards, and will be realized mid 2013 in the Netherlands. Click through to see pictures of the innovative prototype:

Studio Roosegaarde


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