China’s built a road so smart it will be able to charge your car


The road of the future is likely to become the brain and nerve center of an autonomous-driving revolution.

The road to China’s autonomous-driving future is paved with solar panels, mapping sensors and electric-battery rechargers as the nation tests an “intelligent highway” that could speed the transformation of the global transportation industry.

The technologies will be embedded underneath transparent concrete used to build a 1,080-meter-long (3,540-foot-long) stretch of road in the eastern city of Jinan. About 45,000 vehicles barrel over the section every day, and the solar panels inside generate enough electricity to power highway lights and 800 homes, according to builder Qilu Transportation Development Group Co.

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Solar road is generating more power than expected


In the six months it’s been in use an experimental bike path that also functions as a giant solar cell has far exceeded expectations – and that has scientists eyeing roadways as possible sources of solar energy to power street lights, traffic systems, and electric cars.   Continue reading… “Solar road is generating more power than expected”

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