Smart Highways: Reinventing the Road Ahead

Smart highways aim to integrate technology to make roads safer, smarter and more energy efficient. With these benefits in mind, it's no surprise that many countries are ready to invest in smarter roads for tomorrow. In fact, the global smart highway construction market will soar almost 94% during the next five years as a result of the rising trend of smart cities.

The smart-cities market driver states that by 2030, one in every three people will live in urban areas. As a result, this will cause immense stress on urban-area resources such as power and water. This is leading to the development of the smart-city concept, which is meant for urban development, and is formed by linking multiple information of communication technology and Internet of Things to secure a solution to manage cities assets such as roads, traffic, energy, water, and others.

One challenge in the market is high cost of installation. The solar road panels used in smart highways integrate various technologies into one panel. Such panels are used to generate electricity by harnessing solar energy. The key problem with the development of such smart panels is the cost associated with the technologies used in their production.

However, there are many opportunities for leveraging technology on highway projects. For instance, highway lights consume little energy to illuminate, guide motorists, and display warnings signs during night time. It has been found that these lights remain illuminated throughout the day, wasting electricity. Automating that could help save some costs in the long run.

As the advancements out weight the obstacles, smart highways will become more common in the construction industry in the future. Only time will tell how smart our highways will truly become as they get connect to our cities.

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