The Dutch will be the first to have their highways re-painted a glow-in-the-dark road markings which will be charged during the day. The charge will last up to 10 hours. The paint will also be temperature responsive which will indicate slippery roads when the temperature dips below zero. Snowflakes will appear as the warning. There will be lighting along the highway that will light up as cars approach. The draft that is produced by cars going down the road will illuminate wind lights that look like propellers.
The firm of Studio Roosegaarde in cooperation with Heijmans won the Best Future Concept at the Dutch Design Awards for this innovative idea.
In an effort to take the existing roads and re-do them in a creative but cost efficient way, thus creates a sustainable way of doing business.
There are many cities that are trying to cut electrical costs of electricity for road lighting by just shutting them down. This paint will certainly assist the drivers in seeing the road at night with much more clarity.
Roosegaarde will implement their pilot installation in the province of Brabant, Netherlands, in mid-2013. They will also place induction lanes for electric vehicles. The lane will have special coils embedded beneath the surface. This will charge the cars as they travel down the highway. Pretty neat!
Other countries that are looking at this project are India, The UK and possibly Google for their West Coast Facility. India likes it due to the blackouts they have. The UK likes it due to it could improve the cost savings they have already accomplished by shutting down their highway lights. This method has save them £400,000 in 2011.
Should Roosegaarde and Heijmans pilot be successful as imagined, I would suspect that this will be the future for roadways all around the world. The cost of the paint has yet to be announced but I would hope that the powder that is mixed into the paint is not that expensive.
The next question would be, how long would it last? Well, we will find out after a couple of years of wear and tear.
In the meantime, please view the video below to see how it would work!