April 19, 2018 - Tape & Label

How Roads May Get Smarter and the Smart Solutions for Them

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 and the smart adhesives for them.

Solar Roadways

One ongoing project entails creating roadway comprised of panels that can generic 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.

smart roads

Glow-in-the-Dark Streets

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.

Data Roads

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.

Smart Solutions for Smart Roads

Currently, road marking tape plays an important role in keeping drivers safe. 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. For more information about our smart road adhesive development efforts, visit www.bostik.com.

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