Created by Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde, the “Glowing Lines” concept was recently installed along the N329 route in Oss in the Netherlands.
The project uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out the edges of the road. This paint absorbs solar energy during the day then illuminates the road at night, emitting light for 10 hours, creating a safe and sustainable alternative to conventional lighting for dark roads.
“Here the landscape becomes an experience of light and information”, commented Studio Roosegaarde, (and) “as a result this increases visibility and safety”.
Other Smart Highway proposals include:
Dynamic PaintTemperature-controlled marking lights up and becomes transparent again depending on temperature. The markings are used to warn road users when the road deck can be slippery.
Electric Priority LaneInduction charging offers electric cars the possibility to charge themselves while driving. Electric priority lanes stimulate sustainable transportation.
Interactive LightInteractive lighting is controlled by sensors, turning on only when traffic approaches producing a sustainable and cost-saving alternative to continuous lighting.
Dynamic LinesRoad deck markings can be flexibly adjusted to show a continuous line or a dotted line allowing for dynamic traffic control which can be adjustable depending on the situation.
Wind LightWind generated by passing cars is used to activate small windmills along the road. The windmills generate energy, which is then used to light up lamps in the windmills.
Van Gogh Bicycle PathThis is an innovative bicycle path with a unique design comprising thousands of sparkling stones, creating patterns that charge during the day and emit light during the evening. The project employs interplay of light and poetry to create a modern interpretation of Vincent van Gogh’s famous Starry Night, merging cultural heritage and innovation.