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Consumer Lifestyle
Published: 6 Sep 2013

Smart Highway

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Smart Highway

Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde and Dutch civil engineering firm Heijmans are set to present the first prototypes of their Smart Highway concept during Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven (October 19-27).

The concept, which uses innovative design solutions to make roads more sustainable and interactive, won the prestigious Index award on Tuesday (September 3).

Smart Highway’s design features include glow-in-the-dark roads, which are treated with a special photoluminescent powder that eliminates the need for streetlights. The roads can light up their contours at night for up to 10 hours.

The concept also includes dynamic paint that becomes visible in response to changes in temperature. When applied to road surfaces, the paint could warn drivers of dangers such as ice. Other designs include induction priority lanes and interactive lights.

For more on the commercial applications of responsive lighting, see Chameleon, part of the Agile Futures Macro Trend. Meanwhile, Integrate, part of the Design Democracy Industry Trend, looks at Roosegaarde’s work and the wider design implications of integrated technology.

Smart Highway

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