Netherlands Show The Way, Literally! – Glow-in-the-dark Roads Make Debut

The Dutch have shown the rest of the world the way, Light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark road markings have replaced streetlights on a 500m stretch of highway in the Netherlands.

Studio Roosegaarde, a Studio based in the Netherlands revealed plans building a glow in the dark roads, after a year of development and bureaucracy they are finally here.

A Netherlands report described it perfectly, “It looks like you are driving through a fairytale,” which pretty much sums up this extraordinary project. The design studio like 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.”

According to a report in Dutch News, Heijmans wants to expand the project but has not yet secured any further contracts. There’s no news yet on how the paint holds up against wear and tear — the glow lasts up to eight hours once powered throughout the day, but a patchy inconsistent strip would not pave the way as effectively as energy-guzzling street lights.

Here are pictures of this amazement.

Smart Highway-Wind Light-Studio Roosegaarde

Smart Highway-interactive light-Studio Roosegaarde

Smart Highway-glowing lines-Studio Roosegaarde

Smart Highway-dynamic paint-Studio Roosegaarde

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