November 14, 2014

glow in the dark roads

Could glow-in-the-dark roadways improve safety? Credit: Studio Roosegaarde / Flickr Creative Commons

Highways are a big part of our lives, but they don’t always work so well. They can be dangerous, set the stage for carbon emissions, and disrupt the aesthetics of a landscape.
 
Over in the Netherlands, a few Dutch designers are trying to change all that. They've developed a special glow-in-the-dark green paint that lights up the edges of roadways, even in the worst conditions. The neon glow lasts for eight hours before needing a recharge from the sun.

It’s part of a larger plan that the Dutch have for creating “smart highways,” which might do everything from alerting drivers about bad conditions to charging electric cars.
 
You can watch a video of these beautiful glowing roads here:

highways, roads, technology

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