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Dutch artist and engineering partnership could revolutionise how we drive

Dutch engineering company Heijmans Infrastructure and artist Daan Roosegarde have teamed up to create futuristic road concepts.

Roosegarde, whose company has previously gained media attention for projects including clothes that become transparent when their wearer’s heart rate is elevated, and his team claim to have come up with a set of innovative road markers.

The “smart highway”, reported by the West Australian, will be tested later in the year. It includes markers that glow in the dark, react to atmospheric conditions, and an “Induction Priority Lane” which can “allow drivers of electric cars to recharge their vehicles while driving”.

The studio has said that “The design and interactivity from Studio Roosegaarde and the craftsmanship of Heijmans are fused into one common goal: innovation of the Dutch landscape.”

The glow-in-the-dark markers are treated with a glass powder that charges during the day and becomes luminescent at night.

A brief BBC report on the Smart Highway can be seen here.

The project aims to have its technology made available within five years.



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