Smart Highways Generate Their Own Energy to Make Driving Safer

The Problem

“SMART HIGHWAY are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and road signs that interact with the traffic situation to make highway driving safer and more efficient.” Source

Technology Summary

  • Temperature-responsive road paint would show images of snowflakes when the temperature drops below zero, warning drivers to take care on icy roads.
  • Two ideas for roadside lighting: interactive street lamps that come on as vehicles approach then dim as they pass by, thereby saving energy when there is no traffic, and “wind lights” that use energy generated by pinwheels as drafts of air from passing vehicles cause them to spin round.
  • An induction priority lane would incorporate induction coils under the tarmac to recharge electric cars as they drive.
  • Glow-in-the-dark road that uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out traffic lanes. The paint absorbs energy from sunlight during the day the lights the road at night for up to 10 hours.

The Technology Stakeholders

  • SkaleAlert App Developers
  • Cell Phone GPS Developers
  • Residents who live in earthquake-prone areas
  • Real estate owners in earthquake-prone areas

Process of Technology Implementation

  • Identify areas with the greatest need for early warning systems
  • Market the app to gain buy-in from the majority of the public
  • Update software and firmware to allow raw GPS data on smartphones
  • Deploy app, encourage downloading in identified areas
  • Replicate pilot in multiple locations worldwide
  • Share new technology and best practices



2 thoughts on “Smart Highways Generate Their Own Energy to Make Driving Safer

  1. As someone who spends and enormous amount of time on the highway I can really see the benefits of this although I do wonder about maintenance since the basic road conditions do not seem to be maintained.


  2. Interesting technology! I noticed that residents of earthquake-prone areas are identified as key stakeholders. How does this technology affect earthquake prone locations?


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