The first section of glow-in-the-dark Smart Highway by Dutch Daan Roosegaarde’s, designed to make roads safer, has opened in Oss, the Netherlands. Watch the video…
Smart Highway the intelligent and interactive road of tomorrow, increase driver’s visibility, has lines that glow in the night and charge during the day.
The system developed with infrastructure firm Heijmansuses, uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out the edges of the road. Is the first of five concepts in Daan Roosegaarde’s Smart Highway project.
Smart Highway is the result of an intensive collaboration between builder and developer Heijmans and designer Daan Roosegaarde. The themes sustainability, safety and perception are key to the concept and are manifested in the newest technologies in energy and light.
A lot has been written about intelligent highways since the eighties. However, until now the focus of innovation was on the car. Heijmans and Studio Roosegaarde tackle this issue on a large scale by innovating the road deck with designs such as ‘Glow-in-the-dark Lining’, ‘Dynamic Paint’, ‘Interactive Light’ and ‘Electric Priority Lane’. Together they want to make the road sustainable and interactive through means of smart lighting, harvesting energy, and traffic signs that adapt to the road situation. The design and interactivity of Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans’ specialized knowledge and experience brings out the best of two worlds. Although the differences between the two companies are great, they share their most important goal: innovating the Dutch landscape.
source Smart Highway