Absorbing sunlight throughout the day, the road is said to give off a bioluminescent glow for eight hours at night.

From the same minds that back in 2012 promised a system of “Smart Highways,” a new light-absorbing glow-in-the-dark street has made its debut on a small stretch of highway in the Netherlands. This unique highway opens after nearly two years of red tape from Dutch officials.

The initial “Smart Highways” pitch offered back in 2012 (pictured below), planned to initiate a new safety system to alert drivers of snow and ice, or any other dangerous road conditions. These alerts would be projected onto the roads themselves, allowing drivers to easily monitor inclement road conditions. 

For now, the Studio Roosegaarde team has managed to implement its glow-in-the-dark highway system throughout a 500m (0.3 mile) stretch of highway on N329 in Oss. While it may not seem like much, this first test is a step forward towards the team’s ultimate goal outlined in 2012. The firm is currently seeking further contracts to implement more of its glow-in-the-dark roads throughout the Netherlands, but there is still some skepticism regarding the project's efficiency.

Absorbing sunlight throughout the day, the road is said to give off a bioluminescent glow for eight hours at night, replacing traditional street lights. The big question is if this bright idea can stand up to the wear and tear of highway use, without proving to be inconsistent. But, the Roosgaarde is remaining positive and hopes that its latest project could light the way for a more efficient future. 

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