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Roads of the future could harvest energy from cars to power street lights, detect speeding or erratic driving, and automatically weigh vehicles as they drive along.
An international team of researchers from the USA, Taiwan and Spain have created a list of ten technological advances that could feature on future roads.
Technologies - Lanes - Sweden - Networks - Cars
They examined technologies already being developed such as charging lanes in Sweden and local networks that automatically warn cars of upcoming hazards.
Roads are no longer merely a physical entity or solid ground, but somewhere for communication, sensing and power generation, the team claims.
Harvesting - Sunlight - Music - Hazards - Fleets
Other uses they considered included the harvesting of sunlight, playing music to warn of hazards and powering fleets of electric heavy goods vehicles. '
'This review shows they are not just theoretical but are currently being deployed across the world', says lead author Chai Toh.
Advances - Progress - Development - Realization - Transport
'These advances will aid in the progress, development, and realization of smart transport for future smart cities.
'Future roads will be made intelligent, sign free, safer, and communicative. They will not only support the mobility of people and things but also generate electricity, feeding energy back to the energy grid.'
Advances - Technologies - Toh - List - Technologies
There will be more advances in future as new technologies emerge, but Toh says this is a list of the most likely technologies to develop in the near future.
The list of ten technologies includes those already either in development or at the planning stage.
Moves - Power - London - Streetlights - Energy
That includes moves to power London streetlights with energy harnessed by cars driving along the road.
'Ultimately, smart cities will progress towards the goal of attaining near-zero fatality and CO2 emissions, transforming our lives for the better,' Toh said.
London - Sweden - Towards - Roads - Cities
It isn't just London and Sweden working towards smart roads, or even whole smart cities.
A number of countries across the world - including China and Japan - are working on creating intelligent spaces.
China alone has...
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