April 15, 2014
Some really great ideas here for the highway of the future.
These are the inspiration of interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde.
To save energy and increase safety, there are four concepts presented:
- Glow in the dark road markings (i.e. lane dividers) with photo-luminescent paint that charges during the day and lights up at night.
- Weather symbols on the road with temperature-responsive paint, so for example, when the temperature falls below a certain level, the roads show snowflake symbols to indicate that they may be icy.
- Motion-interactive lights on the highway that light up when cars approach and are powered by the draft of the moving cars.
- Induction lanes that can charge car batteries as they run along them and reenergize the cars for further travel.
Already, there is a 500 meter stretch of road in Oss, Netherlands with the glow-in-the-dark road markings--these are almost radioactive green in color and give a futuristic Tron look to the roads.
Now the question is when can we get these high-tech upgrades for I-495?
What an awesome high-tech display befitting our nation's capital and maybe it would help with traffic as well! ;-)