daan roosegaarde's glow-in-the-dark smart highway opens in the netherlands
 
daan roosegaarde's glow-in-the-dark smart highway opens in the netherlands
may 08, 2014

daan roosegaarde's glow-in-the-dark smart highway opens in the netherlands

daan roosegaarde’s glow-in-the-dark smart highway opens in the netherlands
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dutch designer daan roosegaarde’s ‘smart highway’ opened the first stretch of the glow-in-the-dark road on highway n329 near the city of oss in the netherlands. the project has been implemented on a 500 meter stretch of an ordinary highway, the first step towards completing roosegaarde’s vision of intelligent streets across the country. ‘glowing lines is just the first step,’ says roosegaarde. ‘we have shown that we have the guts to take on a project of this magnitude. and that is the most important thing when it comes to innovation: having the guts to actually begin to implement an idea like this.’ the paint for ‘glowing lines’ was developed by construction group heijmans to absorb light during the day. at night, it glows for up to eight hours, showing motorists where the edge of the road is and other key markings.

daan roosegaarde's glow-in-the-dark smart highway opens in the netherlands

 the smart highway is dubbed as the world’s first glow-in-the-dark road

daan roosegaarde's glow-in-the-dark smart highway opens in the netherlands

daan roosegaarde (left) gathers with hundreds of guests for the project’s unveiling

daan roosegaarde's glow-in-the-dark smart highway opens in the netherlands

 dutch minister for infrastructure and the environment, melanie schultz van haegen

daan roosegaarde's glow-in-the-dark smart highway opens in the netherlands

the paint absorbs light during the day, and at night, it glows for up to eight hours

daan roosegaarde's glow-in-the-dark smart highway opens in the netherlands
render of daan roosegaarde’s proposal for the smart highway

  • You may be right but in day time – reflective material can be a heavy issue while driving, even if it would seem like a good idea, it’s not as effective as glow in the dark lines. And besides, they already have reflective yellow poles/red reflective light as seen in the pictures above.

    Oi Gregg...
  • can you explain why this is better than reflective materials that can be seen up to 100 meters ahead?
    for example, what is the planned “intelligent” part of the lines?

    gregg
  • Being a Dutchy myself, I first was proud, but Daan should have known that it rains a lot in Holland
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/glow-dark-road-testing-runs-problem-rain/

    Bart
  • This is intriguing, and I’d be interested to see research on the half-life of this product, in terms of its effectiveness over the years – does it dim, does it age ‘evenly’ or will there be patches more often exposed that age quicker… – , and the ways of dealing with wear or dirt. Love reading about these ideas and tests.

    Chloe

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