Not too long ago we told you about a smart highway concept that was being tested in the Netherlands where glow-in-the-dark paint would be used on the roads to denote lanes, traffic markers and even cold weather conditions. The project is very interesting and could make for safer roads.
Over in the UK, a company called Proteq has come out with a similar idea for a photoluminescent spray coating that could illuminate roads enough that street lamps could be removed and money and energy could be saved. The waterproof coating is called Starpath and it absorbs light during the day and then glows at night.
Instead of the coating being used as a communication tool, Proteq sees the technology being used all over the road as a source of light for night driving and, with anti-slip properties, it can also reduce accidents. The paint is non-reflective and comes in 11 colors.
The technology is being given a test run at the Christ's Pieces park in Cambridge where it has been sprayed on 1,600 square feet of walking paths. The process only took 30 minutes and the paths were open for use after only four hours.
"Our surface works best over tarmac or concrete, predominantly tarmac, which is the main bulk of the UK path network," explains Pro-Teq sales director Neil Blackmore. "When it's coming to the end of its useful life, we can rejuvenate it with our system, creating not only a practical, but a decorative finish."
The video below gives a quick explanation of the technology.