INDEX Award winner: Smart Highway

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© Studio Roosegaard

TreeHugger is at the INEDX: Design to improve life Awards in Copenhagen. The challenge is to "Inspire, Educate and Engage in designing sustainable solutions to global challenges." Here are the winners; greater detail will follow.

There are lots of stories about smart self-driving cars these days, but what about the rest of the people who can't afford this? Daan Roosegaarde in collaboration with Heijmans Infrastructure, a Dutch multinational development company, has a better idea: Make the road smarter, let everybody benefit from technology instead of just the few.

Smart Highway is an interactive and sustainable road that includes a five-step plan for modernizing European roadways. It proposes embedding highways with technology that can visually communicate when the road is slippery, charge your electric car as you drive, and generate electricity for its own lights. The goal is to make roads more sustainable and interactive by using light, energy and road signs that automatically adapt to the traffic situation. New design concepts include the ‘Glow-in-the-Dark Road’, ‘Dynamic Paint’, ‘Interactive Light’, ‘Induction Priority Lane’ and ‘Wind Light’.

smart highway© Studio Roosegaard

Why the Judges liked it

With his unique and poetic approach Daan Rosengaarde is offering the world an entirely new approach to roads, which is not only beautiful and alluring but also a sustainable and cost-effective solution, thereby offering a unique design solution to the developed and developing countries alike. Daan Rosengaard is awarded for the design that INDEX: Award Jury is confident will spin out to many sustainable and cost-efficient innovations in the years to come. Innovations that will all carry a large potential to improve life for people.

smart highway© Studio Roosegaard

What he's doing with the prize money:

The funds will be used to push the concepts Dynamic Paints, Glowing Lines, Electronic Priority Lane, and Wind Lights from prototype to actual product. They will also be used to make sure the Smart Highway gets built. The funds will be spent on securing the artistic quality, and on designs and engineering hours of the members at Studio Roosegaarde, as well as prototype materials. Also money will be spent on communicating the story and ideology of Smart Highway via social media, free lectures by Daan Roosegaarde for art students, and in a special transportation magazine from the ANWB (4 million readers) in which every reader gets a part of the ‘Glowing Lines’ to make their local environment more safe.

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INDEX Award winner: Smart Highway
Who needs smart cars? Daan Roosegaard's smart highway does the work for everybody, winning the Sustainable Transportation category.

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