Friday, January 4, 2013

On to Futuristic Highways...

The video I had up here earlier (a group of people rocketing a Christmas tree into the sky in an open field in 2011) was apparently taken down by the people who posted it, so...on to other things.


From NMA NewsDirect's YouTube Channel: "A futuristic highway that can save energy and improve road safety is set to be installed in the Netherlands by mid-2013. Two companies, Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure, came up with the highway, which includes: glow-in-the-dark road markings painted with photo-luminescent paint which are charged during the day and light up during the night; temperature-responsive paint which indicates slippery roads when temperatures fall below zero; and interactive lights along the highway that light up as cars approach. Wind lights that light up using the draft produced by cars and priority induction lanes that can recharge electric cars as they run along them also feature. The luminous road markings and weather indicating roads will debut in the Dutch province of Brabant in the middle of next year. The wind powered and interactive lights along with the induction lanes are also planned to go into service in the next years."


Mary Preston said...

My daughter showed me this just last night. This is genius. I love how they are taking existing technology & being creative with it. This is clever & useful & I'm most impressed.


Myrna Mackenzie said...

Wasn't that awesome? I love the combination of energy-efficiency and usefulness. My son is a transportation engineer, so we're always interested in these kinds of innovations.