As cars continue to get smarter and more technologically advanced, it makes sense that traditional asphalt roads may soon follow. Take a look at some potential innovations for smart roads to ensure you’re up to date on what’s to come and how your road marking materials may be impacted.
One ongoing project entails creating roadway comprised of panels that can generate and store electricity. Additionally, these solar roadways would have the capability to:
- Melt snow with custom heating devices
- Charge electric vehicles while driving
Electric Charging Lanes
Similar to using solar panel roadways to charge electric vehicles, another idea includes creating special “electric priority” lanes that would use magnetic fields to allow drivers to charge their cars as they drove.
In an effort to increase visibility for nighttime drivers, another road innovation includes creating glow-in-the-dark markings. These markings would use solar power to charge during the day and then glow at night to better illuminate lane divisions.
Another leading innovation includes using sensors to provide insight into real-time weather and atmospheric conditions and their impact on roads. This will enable transportation managers to make roads safer by assessing conditions before they become dangerous. Additionally, by collecting this type of data, industry professionals will be able to better pinpoint road use, traffic patterns and how accidents occur.
Is Your Road Marking Tape Ready?
Currently, road marking tape plays an important role in keeping drivers safe. Ensure your materials are able to handle these technology advancements to maintain safety.
Bostik manufactures smart road marking tape adhesives, offering:
- Superb processability
- Steadfast adherence
- Ability to withstand harshest weather conditions
However, Bostik understands that the roads of today won’t necessarily be the roads of tomorrow. Continually innovating, Bostik is poised to adapt to new, innovative road technologies, offering adhesive technology ideal for smart road development. Contact an expert today to learn more about our smart road adhesive development efforts.