More and more technological innovations are slowly being introduced in the market, and the construction technology should start looking for ways on how to keep up with this remarkable change. Aside from energy efficient cars, smart barricades, traffic signs with sensors, here are some intelligent road construction technologies worth looking at.
1. Solar Roads
Solar energy is one of the few sources of energy that’s proven to be cost-effective over the years. For that reason, wherever you go, chances are, you’ll be able to find something that’s solar powered.
The roads are no exception to this. Solar road projects are starting to become one of the most popular technological advances, and some are even trying to develop routes that charge vehicles while it’s on the road.
To support that, the Solar Roadways Project is just one of the few projects that aim to replace concrete surfaces, such as the traditional asphalt roads. Instead of this, solar panels with photovoltaic cells would be installed instead– it could generate and store electricity at the same time.
For those who are not familiar with such innovation, they can easily mistake it for a light-up dance floor that contains more than a hundred flashing LEDs, but the truth is, these are solar-powered panels. It’s also designed in hexagonal-shaped panels, microprocessors, and charging capabilities that would charge electric vehicles as they pass through this solar-powered road.
Hopefully, this solar panel would be a success, and shortly, the majority of the roads would be turned into this.
2. Self Healing Road Concretes
In the UK, they are already preparing experiments in creating self-healing concrete that would allow roads to fix themselves without the need of human workers. That means roads would last longer as there’s no need to maintain or even fix it, especially during natural calamities regularly.
Self-healing concrete used bacteria that react with water, and it thoroughly seals the crack preventing damage or decay. As of the moment, billions are being invested in road infrastructures to maintain it– this includes the bridges, roads, and tunnels. Hopefully, self-healing concrete would put an end to this.
3. Electric Charging Stations
How convenient can it be once it has become possible to charge your car, especially on a long journey? This is something that’s soon to be enjoyed by those who are driving electric vehicles as electric priority lanes with magnetic fields for EV are now being developed and proposed.
There have been trials where the electric cables are fitted under the road surface for it to produce electromagnetic fields which are gathered up by the coil located inside the device. This is converted into electricity, and hopefully, will encourage the use of electric vehicles even more.
Aside from that, there are also intelligent highways that would significantly reduce road fatalities and make driving more environmentally friendly and energy efficient. These smart roads are like an alternative energy source, which eliminates fuel waste as well as traffic delays. Indeed, the rate of frustrated drivers would dramatically go down once this technology takes over the road.