May marks the start of the Netherland’s testing of the first-ever glow-in-the-dark roads. Designed to help drivers see more of the information they need while driving, the roads employ special paint to illuminate key road markings. High-output photo-luminescent power is mixed with the road markings’ paint, and results in very easy-to-see road striping.
During the day, the paint absorbs sunlight. Then, at night, the paint becomes illuminated, and remains so for up to eight hours. Test images of the new environment look strikingly different than traditional road during nighttime hours; yet, for today’s drivers, it may take “some getting used to.”
The test will examine the durability of the glow-in-the-dark markings, cost and financial implications, and how drivers respond to the new environment. During the test, the traditional streetlights have been removed, to allow for a comparison of the realistic environments that could exist going forward. Reducing the need for streetlights has the potential to significantly reduce municipalities’ power consumption and overall energy costs.
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