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#1 Crisp

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 10:34

Glow-in-the-dark roads make debut in Netherlands

 

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Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m (0.3 mile) stretch of highway in the Netherlands.

Studio Roosegaarde promised the design back in 2012, and after cutting through rather a lot of government red tape we can finally see the finished product.

One Netherlands news report said, "It looks like you are driving through a fairytale," which pretty much sums up this extraordinary project. The studio aims to bring technology and design to the real world, with practical and beautiful results.

Back in October 2012, Daan Roosegaarde, the studio's founder and lead designer, told us: "One day I was sitting in my car in the Netherlands, and I was amazed by these roads we spend millions on but no one seems to care what they look like and how they behave. I started imagining this Route 66 of the future where technology jumps out of the computer screen and becomes part of us."

Part of that vision included weather markings—snowdrops, for instance, would appear when the temperature reached a certain level. For now though, the stretch of the N329 highway in Oss features only the glow-in-the-dark road markings, created using a photo-luminescent powder integrated into the road paint, developed in conjunction with road construction company Heijmans.

 

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 10:35

This sort of paint would be nice to have on unlit back roads, especially the more windy ones. 



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 10:43

Sounds like a great idea, makes the lines much more visible at night and looks pretty funky too.



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 11:52

Is there an actual picture of what this looks like, rather than a mock up?



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 11:57

Whoa, looks like Rad Racer!

 

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 11:59

Nice idea.. surprised somebody hasn't thought of that before. Yea, curious as to what it really looks like too, that and durability. 



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:02

Is there an actual picture of what this looks like, rather than a mock up?

 

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:05

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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:20

^ Thanks for the actual pics. Looks neat. :)



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:24

^ Thanks for the actual pics. Looks neat. :)

Do a whole city's streets like that.. bet that would make for a wicked view via Google Earth.



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:30

This kind of paint has been around for a while, surprised its taken so long to start using it. At least here in Georgia, they use reflectors on every few lines. I still would prefer this paint idea, but am curious how long the paint lasts on the road



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:45

This would be really handy around here.  There are some roads here in downtown areas where there will be 2 or 3 lanes, and if the roads get wet it's hard to tell where the lines are even with the street lights.



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:48

This kind of paint has been around for a while, surprised its taken so long to start using it. At least here in Georgia, they use reflectors on every few lines. I still would prefer this paint idea, but am curious how long the paint lasts on the road

Yeah. With cars constantly driving over them and dust / dirt build-up over time I do wonder how effective they'll be. We've already seen in the UK that the repainting of road lines has been impacted by council budget cuts and that would be a lot more dangerous here given the lack of road lights.



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:49

Great idea. The energy saving benefits must be good and let's face it, street lights and the accompanying glow are horrible.



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Posted 14 April 2014 - 12:51

There is a roundabout in Hatfield that would benefit from this stuff...