As technology for automated vehicles improves, there’s a sharper focus on building a ‘smarter’ infrastructure where they can thrive

This article titled “What will the highway of the future look like?” was written by Andy Meek, for on Monday 29th August 2016 14.00 UTC

Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has always been fascinated by public spaces. That’s why, as automakers dedicate more resources to the production of smarter, environmentally friendly vehicles, he’s on a related mission: to reimagine the roads on which those cars of the future will drive.

Roosegaarde and his team have been conceptualizing ideas that combine beauty and creative problem solving. One example is their Glowing Lines project, in which they installed dark lines of paint on the N329, a highway southwest of Amsterdam. The special paint, made with a secret formula, is able to collect energy from sunlight during the day and then turn fluorescent at night, helping to illuminate a roadway where there are no streetlights. Roosegaarde’s team has also worked on a lane for roadways that would help recharge the electric vehicles driving on it.

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