“Glowing Lines uses photo-luminescent paint to mark out the edges of the road, and is the first of five concepts to be realised from Dutch designer Daan Roosegaarde’s Smart Highway project – designed to make highways safer while saving money and energy.
Developed with infrastructure firm Heijmans, the paint absorbs solar energy during the day then illuminates at night. “Here the landscape becomes an experience of light and information,” said Studio Roosegaarde in a statement. “As a result this increases visibility and safety.” The lines are now installed along the N329 route in Oss for an initiative called Road of the Future. Three glowing green lines run along each side of the dual carriageway and illuminate every night.
Rooegaarde described driving along the section of road at night as “going through a fairy tale”. The project was first announced at Dutch Design Week 2012, and has since undergone a series of tests to gauge durability and user experience.
It was presented by Roosegaarde at the Design Indaba conference in Cape Town in 2013 and received an INDEX: Award later the same year.”