Beginning in mid-2013, select roads in The Netherlands province of Brabant will begin featuring what we hope will catch on and become popular new techniques in building roads. Developed jointly by Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, these roads actually provide drivers with some rather clever assistance that promises to save public money, conserve energy, and even save lives. The concept video below shows what the roads will do and how they will work.
Special glow-in-the-dark and temperature-sensitive paints ensure lane markers will gently glow for several hours after sunset.
Snowflakes will appear when temperatures dip below freezing, cautioning drivers of the potential for ice on the road.
Electric-powered cars can use a special lane to recharge the battery using induction technology.
Wind-powered lights along the shoulders provide roadside lighting to passing cars, which provide the wind to power the lights.
The special paints will be applied this year (2013). The more involved
applications, wind-powered lighting and induction lanes, will take
longer to implement and may take a few years to put into production.
Thanks to The Presurfer, who actually lives in the Dutch province of Brabant, where these roads will first appear.