The Netherlands Highways to Glow in the Dark, Starting Mid-2013

November 30, 2012, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Say bye-bye to road accidents as there will be light in every nook and corner of The Netherlands’ highways, starting mid-2013. The light will be generated from the road itself as the glow-in-the-dark technology has found serious strides in this area.

Daan Roosegaarde is the man behind the plan, following an inspiration he got while driving on a highway. The idea has now sprouted and has turned into one of the most innovative ideas of this decade.

The Smart Highway by Studio Roosegaarde and infrastructure management group Heijmans got Best Future Concept at the Dutch Design Awards.

Owing to their hard work and impeccable confidence, they have already gone beyond pure concept. The basic technique is that the studio has developed a photo-luminising powder that will glow. These will definitely replace the current road markings. These get charges up in sunlight, giving it up to ten hours of glow-in-the-dark effect.

The first installation of this technology will be done on a few hundred meters of road in the province of Brabant in mid-2013, followed by priority induction lanes for electric vehicles, interactive lights that switch on as cars pass and wind-powered lights within the next five years.

This technology will yield huge savings on electricity expenses as well as will help in reducing accidents to a large extent. Above all that, there will be well lit highways even at night. Things can’t get better than this on the road, right?

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