Roads Of The Future? - Disgruntled Tech
Luis Izquierdo | On 26, May 2014
Technology has shot forward rapidly in the last few years. It wasn’t long ago when we were carrying around our cellular phones in a bag with a coil cord. Today we have smart phones, smart TVs and even smart watches. What more can we advance? Oh wait, what about our roads?
For hundreds of years our roads have not changed. We still use asphalt roads that are victim to many dangers such as pot holes, excessive heat, ice and more. However, we may soon be able to change that with Solar Roadways.
Thanks to an Indiegogo Campaign started by two brilliant inventors and engineers, Solar Roadways was able to raise $1.1 million which is $100k more that their goal. The money raise will go to mass production of the hexagonal panels that will hopefully soon replace our roads.
Here is how it works:
Solar Roadways are hexagonal solar panels that are laid out to replace any concrete surface such as roads, parking lots, sidewalks, driveways and more. What makes these so special is that they are all equipped with an intelligent smart chip. The chip allows the panel to detect other panels around it and to look for things like fallen branches, boulders and accidents and notify safety services as well as other drivers. Let’s say a tree falls down and is blocking the road, the panels will send out a signal and use the built in programmable L.E.D.s to signal oncoming traffic to slow down.
Solar Roadway panels are made using a heavy duty tempered glass that has been tested to withstand even the heaviest trucks. If one of them ever break, they send out a signal to the nearest maintenance center to be easily replaced. NO MORE POT HOLES!
The solar panels collect energy from the sun and distributes them into two channels running alongside the roads where it can be used to power homes, businesses, street lights and anything else connected to the road. The channels also provide enough room to safely and easily run cables such as fiber optics, internet lines, and more.
Did I mention that the panels also have sensors that can heat up the panels to prevent roads from being iced over? Just imagine being able to drive anywhere in the winter without worrying about slippery roads or never having to shovel snow off of your driveway or sidewalk again!
These panels have many possibilities to change the way we live. They have even attracted the attention of tech monster, Google. Want to know more? Check out their video!