Glow-In-The-Dark Highway Tested In The Netherlands

April 17, 2014


This is a picture and video of Highway N329 in Holland. 500-meters of the highway's exterior lines have been painted with glow-in-dark paint, a corroboration between artist Daan Roosegaarde and Dutch civil engineers. Heck yeah, now paint me some glow-in-the-dark lanes to the refrigerator and shitter so I don't have to turn on any lights at night (or pee in the wastebasket by my bed).

Glowing road markings are just scratching the surface of Roosegaarde's ideas for constructing "smart highways." His team hopes to develop giant road markings, such as snowflakes, that appear on the road when the temperature drops to a certain level. Other conceptual alterations include driving lanes that can charge electric vehicles, and dynamic lane markings that shift from dashed to solid lines based on traffic.

Admittedly, those sound like great ideas. Of course it would take decades for any of those to ever be implemented in the US because our road and highway systems are a disaster. They won't even fix the potholes in my neighborhood and they're like, deep enough to eat a children's bike. Still, it would be pretty cool to pretend you're in TRON. Make driving like a video game and people will pay more attention, that's my motto. Jk jk, it's, "Every day, in every way, I'm getting better and better." I'm lying again, it's, "Get drunk, stay drunk, try to forget."

Keep going for a video of a guy driving the highway.

Thanks to Scotty, neff and Catherine, who agree reflective paint is totally sufficient if this would involve a tax hike.

  • jasmine

    great ,,,,,

  • RobCoSystems

    Wow! And here in Korea I just wish we had reflective paint on the roads (in the dark, especially when it rains, the lines on the roads here are 100% invisible).

  • da1nonlysage

    "lanes that charge electric vehicles"
    Immediately thought of F-Zero. Just need cars that go over 900 mph now


    Can't imagine Cal trans doing this it would take them years just to figure it out.

  • Bubbles

    A brilliant and practical solution to reflective markers. If I may...add reflective materials to the "illuminating" markers and this will be the future of road safety for day and night.

  • Webstuff15

    The English subtitles are awesome.

  • adsfasdfasdf

    i like the glowing lines, but if suddenly a big white asterisk showed up on the road I'd have no idea what to do, like the guy repainting the lanes had a stroke.

  • ODwanKenObi

    glow in the dark is always cool

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