Dutch highways to get glow in the dark lighting.
As part of a plan to create ‘smart highways’ in Southern Holland, snowflakes will be painted onto roads using thermochromatic pigments, which only become visible at freezing temperatures. Other plans include road markings painted on using photoluminescent powders, which would charge in the day and glow for up to 10 hours during the night.
A further plan is to use motion activated lighting to reduce electricity costs. Instead of leaving road lights on all night long, they would only light up ahead of a moving vehicle. Beyond these plans it is hoped to build an electric car lane that would charge vehicles using induction, while the car is in motion.
The new paints will be implemented next year, with the other ideas scheduled before 2015.