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Netherlands to get special road paints next year

Netherlands to get special road paints next year image

Text: / Photos: Studio Roosegaarde Press | posted November 12, 2012 16:08

To boost road safety

Netherlands' roads are set to be repainted next year for a more sustainable road as a result of a collaboration between Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure

Labeled as 'Smart Highway', it will be composed of glow-in-the-dark road paints, dynamic paints, interactive lights, induction priority lanes, and wind lights. The goal is to make roads which are more sustainable and interactive by using light, energy and road signs that automatically adapt to the traffic situation.

interactive light

The glow-in-the-dark paints are treated with special photo-luminescent powder that stores its charge during the day and starts glowing for up to 10 hours once it gets dark. The dynamic paint meanwhile is a temperature sensitive paint that warns motorists of icy and slippery roads.

Awarded with a Best Future Concept by the Dutch Design Awards 2012 the Smart Highway will be made into a reality mid 2013 in the Netherlands. 

Electric priority lane

The companies involved have also plans of putting up a dedicated lane for the use of electric vehicles where it can draw charge from the road through wireless induction charging pads embedded underneath the road surface.

The collaboration between Roosegaarde and Heijmans is a true example of innovative industries. The design and interactivity from Studio Roosegaarde and the craftsmanship of Heijmans are fused into one common goal: innovation of the Dutch landscape.