Apr 152014
 

The Netherlands Is Experimenting With Glow-In-The-Dark Roads Markings

According to the BBC, The Netherlands has come up with a brilliant way to save money and energy on road lighting: glow-in-the-dark paint. A trial of Glow in the dark road markings have been unveiled on a small stretch of highway (N329 in Oss) in the Netherlands.

The paint contains a “photo-luminising” powder that charges up in the daytime and releases a green glow at night, doing away with the need for streetlights. Once the paint has absorbed daylight it can glow for up to eight hours in the dark.

Interactive artist Daan Roosegaarde teamed up with Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans to work on the idea.
The technology is being tested with an official launch due later this month.

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Studio Roosegaarde

I think anything which can help improve road safety while saving energy is a must.
They are also working on temperature-sensitive paint which can show weather symbols on the road once the temperature reached a certain level but this is not included in the current trial.

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Studio Roosegaarde