Ever wondered how the highways of the future are being envisioned? Well, the Dutch have and as a result, introduced a huge concept that recently won the Best Future Concept at the Dutch Design Awards.
Across the pond, engineers introduced a pilot that essentially envisions the next generation of highway infrastructure technology, which includes glow-in-the-dark road lines and markings, energy-efficient street illumination, active rear-world information and interactive systems, and more.
According to Engadget though, the pilot project was put on hold after the Dutch were attempting to execute some of the ideas. In the report, Engadget learned that the ideas, such as the glow-in-the-dark highway markings didn’t work as theorized and thus, didn’t reflect a uniform amount of light during heavy rains and low visibility–the situations where they would matter most.
The engineering firm in charge of the project, Heijmans Infrastructure, is still adamant about its “Glowing Lines 2.0” for testing on roads sometime this summer. Afterwards, the company’s goal is to continue developing multiple types of “smart” highway technology, like motion-sensing road lamps, wireless inductive lane charging, and more.