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A drawing board for sustainable roads

Smart City Chirine Etezadzadeh

On a test field for roads new technologies can be put to the proof under real world conditions. Image source: Shutterstock (#301940846)

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation, a Georgia-based non-profit, has transformed a road into a laboratory for green transport technology development. Testing various kinds of technology and ideas, the organization wants to make highways restorative and sustainable. Partners include Innovia Technology in England and Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture.

Among the innovations are Wattway’s solar panels that can be put on top the surface of roads, which have a skid-resistant surface. Another technology is Smartstud, an array of smart road reflectors that alarm you about wrecks ahead and catch erratic drivers. The foundation is also mixing old tires into the asphalt, making the road up to 30 percent more durable.

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