The N329 highway in Oss in the Netherlands has been fitted by glow-in-the-dark road markings or 'glowing lines' to better guide motorists. The pilot initiative is part of the Smart Highway project, a collaborative effort between the construction firm Heijmans and design firm Studio Roosegarde that aims to increase visibility and safety.
The Glowing Lines utilize luminescent paint that is charged by solar energy during the day, gathering enough energy to glow for up to 10 hours when it's dark. These markings are more visible than regular paint but still don't require electricity to function.
If the pilot project testing the Glowing Lines on the N329 is successful, it might not be long before the technology comes to a highway near you.
This Dutch Highway's 'Glowing Lines' Help Guide Motorists at Night
1. Smart Highways - The integration of technology in infrastructure projects can create safer and more efficient road networks.
2. Sustainable Road Markings - Using luminescent paint charged by solar energy can replace traditional, electricity-dependent road markings.
3. Road Safety Innovations - Innovations in road markings can improve visibility and prevent accidents, making roads safer for drivers.
1. Construction Industry - The construction industry can incorporate technology and sustainable materials to create innovative and safe infrastructure projects.
2. Transportation Industry - The transportation industry can benefit from implementing road safety innovations like the Glowing Lines to reduce accidents and improve efficiency.
3. Environmental Industry - Using sustainable and energy-efficient road marking materials can contribute to reducing carbon emissions and creating a more environmentally-friendly transportation network.