Rather than focusing on technology to create vehicles for a safer and more efficient drive, Dutch design lab Studio Roosegaarde are instead focusing their attention on the road. As early as mid-2013, some of the earliest concepts for the “Route 66 of the future” will be implemented on a stretch of road in Holland—with blacktops across the rest of Europe following if things go well. So what are these ground breaking ideas?
Dynamic Paint: Depending on the situation, paint will become visible to drivers. For example, when it gets icy out, white icons of snowflakes can shop up on the road—preparing people for potential hazards. Another icon would inform drivers about an accident down the road.
Smarter Highway Lights: Going green is an on-going goal for every industry, so saving power on highway lights inspired the designers to come up with glow-in-the-dark highways. Portions of the highway will be charged during the day (via solar power), then light up at night.
Car Charger Lanes: This seems to be the most out there but the idea is that a car lane would act as a gigantic car charger. The “Induction Priority Lane” would use magnetic fields under the lane to charge an electric car.
So why focus on road work rather than vehicles? Simple, to make ‘smart driving’ possible for everyone and not just for those who can afford the latest cars.