The Netherlands is hoping to spice up its highways, with a futuristic solution for safer driving conditions and greener technology.
By mid-2013, the country will use photo-luminizing powder to replace road markings and ultimately produce glow-in-the-dark tarmacs, Wired.Co.UK reports.
The powder will charge on sunlight, soaking up enough energy to power 10 hours worth of highway light during nighttime. Special paint will also be used to draw snowflakes across the roads. The snowflakes will only become visible when the temperature dips to a certain point, indicating to commuters that the surface is likely slippery.
Within the next five years, the Netherlands hopes to add interactive lights along highway routes that power on when cars pass them and even wind-powered illumination.
Daan Roosegaarde, the designer of the concept, said he felt it was time for roads to “become intelligent, useful drivers of information.” He hopes to also bring glow-in-the-dark roadways to the U.S., mainly the west coast, because of innovators like Google who have already advanced the field of transportation.
“One day I was sitting in my car in the Netherlands, and I was amazed by these roads we spend millions on but no one seems to care what they look like and how they behave,” Roosegaarde told Wired.co.uk. “I started imagining this Route 66 of the future where technology jumps out of the computer screen and becomes part of us.”
The new design comes at a time when UK authorities have decided to turn off or dim lights on motorways, residential streets and walking paths by 9:00 p.m. in an effort to save money. The technology will begin installation in the province of Brabant.
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