Oct 31, 2012

Coming: Highways That Glow And Charge Electric Cars

Snowflakes painted on a highway with a special paint illuminates when the temperature drops below freezing.

Glow-in-the-dark roads are treated with a special foto-luminizing powder that is charged during the day to provide up to 10 hours of lighting at night.

An induction priority lane charges an electric vehicle.

Roads that glow in the dark and could one day even charge electric cars are set be introduced in the Netherlands soon. 

'Smart Highways' unveiled last week at Dutch Design Week will use the latest technologies in roads which their designers claim will be 'more sustainable, safe and intuitive' , the Daily Mail reported recently. 

The companies behind the project said their goal is to turn around the usual route of transport innovation by focusing on the highway rather than the vehicles which use it. 

Among the most ambitious of the ideas for the future of road travel are special lanes which will allow drivers of electric cars to recharge their vehicles as they travel along them. 

Another plan is to fit the roads with power-saving lights which will gradually brighten as vehicles approach and then switch themselves off after they pass. 

Those ideas are still some years off, but from next year Dutch roads will be painted with lines made from a photoluminescent powder that charges in sunlight to illuminate the road for up to 10 hours overnight. 

Source: http://www.nbcnews.com/technology/futureoftech/futuristic-highway-glows-dark-reports-weather-1C6670949
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/home/science/Coming-Roads-that-glow-charge-cars/articleshow/17027984.cms

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