Bridgestone GLOW-IN-THE-DARK ROADS: GREAT IDEA OR A BAD TRIP?
GLOW-IN-THE-DARK ROADS: GREAT IDEA OR A BAD TRIP?
2014-04-17
GLOW-IN-THE-DARK ROADS: GREAT IDEA OR A BAD TRIP?

The first glow-in-the-dark highway was unveiled today in Holland. The 1600-feet stretch of road has been coated with a “photo-luminising” powder that uses sunlight to power-up during daytime and then releases a greenish glow at night time. One day’s sunlight can supply up to eight hours of glow.

The first glow-in-the-dark highway was unveiled today in Holland. The 1600-feet stretch of road has been coated with a “photo-luminising” powder that uses sunlight to power-up during daytime and then releases a greenish glow at nighttime. One day’s sunlight can supply up to eight hours of glow.

This kind of glow-in-the-dark highway is being touted as the future for all roads and it is claimed it will eventually do away with the need for street lamps.

Originally there had been plans to include weather symbols, which were to be made from a temperature sensitive paint, but at present, this technology has not been included in the initial test run in Oss. The present test will also take into account possible damage caused by skid marks, and the issues caused during winter months when there are fewer hours of daylight. However, if the pilot scheme proves successful, it is believed this new glow-in-the-dark technology will be rolled out nationally across Holland.

Certainly it will make taking a trip in Holland… trippier.

Below, the original promo for glow-in-the-dark highways by Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans.

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