May 24, 2023
Australia Could Soon Have Glow In The Dark Road Markings
This is part of a $245 million road safety project The Australian government is rolling out a $245 million road safety program, which includes some innovative new techniques to keep not just drivers
This is part of a $245 million road safety project
The Australian government is rolling out a $245 million road safety program, which includes some innovative new techniques to keep not just drivers safe, but cyclists and pedestrians too.
The most interesting aspect of the program is the implementation of photo-luminescent road markings that glow in the dark. Just like the plastic stars that you used to put on the ceiling of your bedroom as a kid, the lines in the road will appear totally normal in daytime, but once the night falls they’ll be as bright as the stars.
According to the state of Victoria, the innovation will help give motorists a “stronger definition coming up to intersections and curves” and will greatly improve reaction time to the road conditions ahead.
Read More: First Trial of Glow in the Dark Road Markings Has Mixed Results
Victorian company Tarmac Linemarking shared images of a trial run of the glow-in-the-dark road markings on its Facebook page, which are impressive, to say the least. Even in complete darkness, the lines on the road are clearly visible thanks to the application of the special finish.
Tarmac Linemarking says the new technology would be “an outstanding product for pedestrians and bike lanes, roads, boat ramps, and many more applications.”
Not only will this make staying between the lines easier for drivers at night, but bicycle riders and pedestrians as well. Hopefully, the idea catches on and makes it to more parts of the world, as we can see no downside to a more visible road line.
In addition to the photo-luminescent road lines, the government will also be implementing LED-lit pavement near intersections and other more reflective road markings.Read More: First Trial of Glow in the Dark Road Markings Has Mixed Results