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Phosphorescent road markings mesmerize the Internet

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An Australian company has tested a new type of road marking for road safety. These mesmerizing glow-in-the-dark lines should help drivers better anticipate hazards.

Photos of this phosphorescent road marking, tested on a kilometer of an Australian road, have already been shared more than 100,000 times on Facebook. A Reddit post simply captioned “Australian company unveils glow-in-the-dark road paint technology” also garnered over 47,000 upvotes and thousands of comments. The company behind this visual marking test is called Tarmac Linemarking. While in Victoria, Australia, she spoke to News.com.au, who described the exchange in an article.

The initiative is part of a government “trial” that aims to test “innovative treatments” on the roads, with a total budget of $4 million. Its official name is “photoluminescent edge processing”. Of course, his goal isn’t really to make roads look like those from a sci-fi movie, even if that effect is probably what made him famous. Phosphorescent paint is designed to improve the visibility of the signs themselves, as well as adjacent signs. The idea is also to mark intersections and curves more clearly so drivers can better anticipate changes and adapt their driving.

What is the impact on the environment?

Its action is a priori very similar to the action of any phosphorescent object. The paint absorbs light energy during the day to release it at night. Will this be enough to keep the road phosphorescent all night long? The light should last “most of the night” after a sunny day, according to a company spokesperson. However, he was still evasive about how cloudy weather could affect the device.

Assuming the markings are still lit most of the night, this should cover times when certain animals may be crossing the road. However, some internet users are wondering about the environmental impact of this particular paint. Indeed, no answer has been given to this important question.

According to entrepreneurs, this does not prevent some companies from declaring their enthusiasm for the project. John Emanueli, one of the officials who spoke to News.com.au, reportedly said that since the announcement of the Metong Road lawsuit in southeast Victoria, it has been “overwhelmed by businesses and communities looking to light their way.” According to the company, interest in this marking is not limited to the road. They can be useful for marking out dark car parks or even launching ramps.

There will probably still be a lot of testing to do, if only to accurately assess the real benefit of the device compared to the reflective strips already in use today. In the meantime, this does not prevent Internet users from admiring these futuristic roads. They do not get tired, in particular, of comparing these markings with those that can be found in the universe of the famous movie “Tron”.

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