With cell phones and TVs already receiving the “smart” treatment, it was expected that some other things will follow the trend. However, not many would have expected that the next big thing to get smart will be our highways. Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde along with Heijmans Infrastructure is looking to make our highways smarter, especially for electric car drivers, as their proposed Smart Highway could charge electric cars on the move.
The proposed highway will have an induction priority lane that features the use of induction coils buried inside the road to charge the car traveling on it. As you might have already expected, there is more to this smart technology. The designers believe that such a highway could also make use of other smart technologies such as “Glow-in-the-Dark Road”, “Dynamic Paint”, “Wind Light” and an “Interactive Light”.
The entire concept here is that the road will be able to glow in the dark, not only to ease sight of the road at night, but it will also be able to tell weather information by illuminating certain textures corresponding to the type of weather outside. Here, for example, ice crystals can become visible when the road is cold and slippery. The road will also be able to relay traffic information directly to the drivers.