Other ideas in the pipeline at The Ray include smart studs, which improve on current road reflectors. These solar-powered lights would be able to illuminate in different colours to convey different messages to drivers, such as upcoming junctions or dangerous conditions ahead.
Another technology being considered is electric charging lanes, which would charge a car’s battery as it drives along by electromagnetic induction. This would mean that drivers could charge up without having to stop on their journeys. However, it would be an expensive project.
The Ray has been designed as a ‘living laboratory’ to test out these innovative technologies. Hopefully, many of the current and future trials will prove successful and we’ll start to see smarter roads all over the world.
Check out some of the technology coming to our roads soon: