Dutch Designer Creates Glow-in-the-Dark Highway


  • Glow-in-the-Dark Highway

    Glow-in-the-Dark Highway

    Glow-in-the-dark highways are the brainchild of a Dutch designer. | November 09, 2012

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Just the Facts:
  • Designer Daan Roosegaarde has developed a glow-in-the dark highway that won the Best Future Concept honor at the Dutch Design Awards 2012.
  • The road comes to life with a special paint that changes color at key temperatures, warning drivers that the road is icy, as well as showing snowflake images that fade as temperatures rises.
  • He will test his designs on a stretch of road in Brabant, Holland, in mid-2013.

BRABANT, Holland — Others may be promoting autonomous driving and vehicle-to-vehicle communications, but a Dutch designer thinks that glow-in-the-dark or "smart" highways may be the solution to improving safety.

Designer Daan Roosegaarde won the Best Future Concept honor at the Dutch Design Awards 2012 for his unusual vision of future highways.

The smart, temperature-warning roads come to life with a special paint that changes color at key temperatures, warning drivers that the road is icy. Below freezing, snowflake images would appear, but they'd fade as soon as the temperature rises.

He's also developed a glow-in-the-dark paint for the center lines of highways that absorbs the sunlight, making the lines glow for up to 10 hours each night.

He will test his designs on a stretch of road in Brabant, Holland, in mid-2013.

Other projects on Roosegaarde's plate are "charging lanes" that juice electric cars as they drive, giving a significant boost in range. He also hopes to harness the wind created by passing cars to light the road edges.

Edmunds says: Genius or gimmicky?

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