The makers of the luminous Smart Highway in Oss, Netherlands, have found the perfect car to promote their high-tech road with. It’s a Nissan LEAF, the world’s first car to be get glow-in-the-dark paint as standard feature from the factory.
The idea behind painting the Nissan LEAF in a glow-in-the-dark color was to showcase how many customers are powering their car from solar energy generated at home. This Smart Highway gig, though, seems a lot more fitting and makes for a nice combination of glowing road and car that could inspire other countries and car makers to come up with similar technologies.
This whole glow-in-the-dark car on the luminous highway may sound like an awfully geeky and totally unnecessary thing made up to address an imaginary first world problem. But there is no denying such technologies can dramatically night driving safety. What’s more, at least in the case of the Smart Highway, the idea is environmentally friendly as it saves the energy that might otherwise be used in street lighting.
The Smart Highway is 600-metre stretch of the N329 highway in the city of Oss. The luminous lines on this road absorb enough light during the day to provide eight hours of glowing every night. In the same way, the spray-applied coating on the Nissan LEAF absorbs UV energy and other visible radiation during daylight hours and glows for between eight and ten hours.