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Six must-have construction tech tools in the GCC

by CW Staff on May 17, 2015


The region's roads can be made smarter through technology.
The region's roads can be made smarter through technology.
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Smart roads

Until software to eradicate bottleneck traffic jams and weed out bad drivers is developed, the next best thing may just be solar-powered and energy efficient smart roadways.

Smart roadway technologies are being developed in Netherlands and the USA. Designer Daan Roosegaarde is collaborating with Dutch construction firm Heijmans on Smart Highway, a plan which involves creating road decks with designs such as glow-in-the-dark lining, dynamic paint, interactive light and electric priority lane.

Auto enthusiasts from around the world have voiced their doubts regarding the durability and maintenance costs of smart roads. Proponents of smart road technologies, however, remain undettered. 

READ: UAE rolls out AI to cut road project duration by 54%

Another Dutch firm, SolaRoad, is working on roadways with surfaces which can absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity. The firm claims adding solar power generation abilities to roads will take Netherlands closer to fulfilling its total energy consumption with solar power. In the first six months since SolaRoad’s test track was installed in Krommenie, on the outskirts of Amsterdam, the panels beneath the road have generated over 3,000kWh, the company announced.

No plans have yet been announced to adapt them for the GCC market. Dubai has, however, taken the initiative to promote electric vehicles in the city – having already installed more than 100 Green Chargers across Dubai, the emirate's Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is working to increase that number to 200 stations by year-end.



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