International Energy Agency forecasts that electric cars will grow from 3 million to 125 million by 2030. New technologies are opening up new possibilities. The self-driving cars are no longer a vision, but a reality, and the future. However, the advents in the automobile industry can fall short if it’s not supported by roadways to shoulder the brunt of modern vehicles.
Over the years, a lot of promising developments have taken place, ranging from self-healing roads to energy-generation infrastructures. Let’s talk about what the future holds for roadways:
What the Future Holds for Roadways
Over the years, much experimentation and research has taken place around the globe to improve roadways and transportation systems. These investigations primarily address the environmental concerns, including sustainable material choices and recycling, as well as maximizing the durability and lifespan of roadways to minimize repair and maintenance costs.
Researchers at the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands experimented with self-healing asphalt that could be the solution to America’s infrastructure problem. Studies suggest that self-healing asphalt would save the Dutch government more than $104 million. The United States is about 237 times bigger than Netherlands so the savings would be sizeable.
Furthermore, studies have also been carried out to turn roadways into power plants. Solar roadways can revolutionize the highway system and serve as a sustainable energy source for cities. However, the high technology costs, i.e., hexagonal glass-covered solar panels, don’t make it a financially viable option for large-scale implementation, at least for now.
Plastic materials are also being explored as a potential alternative for future roadway construction. Americans throw away 35 billion plastic bottles every year so that material could be used to create roadways that are more robust and last longer. This cheap, lightweight, and water-resistant material may be ideal for road construction.
The biggest selling point of using plastic for roadway construction is the ability to use recycled materials. The harmful material that ends up in water and landfills can potentially be used to create high-quality roadways. Moreover, repaying the plastic road is cost-effective and easier compared to traditional asphalt roads. It’s perhaps the next big thing in the roadway industry.
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