Australian company introduces glow-in-the-dark highway paint technology

  1. Reflectors are better as they are directional. Drive down the wrong side of the road and you will quickly find out that those reflectors are reflecting RED to indicate your error.

  2. Our brilliant highway department installed lane reflectors which get knocked off by snowplows and rip up the pavement which turns into a pothole. They did this for 5 years resulting in 1000s of trashed lane reflectors on the roadside they never bothered to pick up. They have now started grinding rumble strips into the dividing line which makes crossing a highway perpendicularly on a bicycle an adventure.

  3. Thought the same thing, and its fucking cool... but does it wash off in the rain or wear out super quick? There must be a draw back, orherwise for sure this would have happened everywhere. Right?

  4. Glow in the dark technology is nothing new at all. What Australia has introduced is glow in the dark highway paint funding

  5. Also, what's the glow length on this? If it's anything like every glow in the dark thing I've ever owned, you've got about an hour after sunset before this isn't even visible.

  6. That was my reaction. Okay, you don't need the gritty, reflective bits, but the end result is the same. Not trying to be obtuse, but what's the advantage? Lights are needed at night for more reasons than illuminating reflective road lines.

  7. That only helps you see basically what you can see with headlights. This allows you to see beyond your headlight range for things like upcoming curves etc. If they put it on one road around here in particular it would be a god send. The thing is a slalom rollercoaster and at night, unless you know the road well, it's hard to make out where the road is going next.

  8. We already put glass beads in line marking paint which reflects headlights light back to the driver so the lines are highly visible at night. What's the point of glowing lines?

  9. True. Photobleaching of phosphors is an issue. I'm pretty sure this is europium-doped strontium aluminate though which should hold up to it pretty well.

  10. but,,,,I mean, I've been fascinated with glow in the dark since it became available to the public, back when I was about 15....and have loved glow in the dark items and stuff for 50 years.....The thing is though, with glow in the dark stuff, you have to hold it to a light source to activate the glow in the dark features.....and then it wears off with 20 minutes or so.

  11. The stripes are reflective, especially when new(at least in Canada). New glow in dark stuff is pretty good also, I have glowing tape that glows all night.

  12. In the UK about 20 years ago, we started to have LED lights on some roads instead of reflective cats eyes. They stopped installing them after people kept turning their lights off to see how cool and trippy it looked.

  13. Because the material they use to make reflective paint is cheaper than the material used to make glow in the dark paint. When no one is looking at it, it doesn’t need to be illuminated, so reflective is better fit for purpose.

  14. Most trick applications simply don't have the durability. Paint is cheaper and easy to repair or change. This is a great idea though, Just very expensive to do. I personally don't believe many fatalities happen because people can't see the lane lines. If only.

  15. In Hawaii this could potentially end up killing protected shearwaters that navigate by the moon and are attracted to and can be disoriented by other sources of light.

  16. Doesn't last long, will need more upkeep, costs 10x more than regular paint. Those little reflectors probably cost less than 10$ to make and can easily be replaced. Its not practical

  17. Not that useful for most places that get snow and have snow plows scarping the paint off every year. Just costs too much for minimal (if any) improvement. I don't know about everyone else, but I drive with my headlights on at night.

  18. As a Canadian with snow. If regular paint cant stand one winter I don't even want to see that thing with a snowblow scrapping it.

  19. Maybe I'm just missing the point, but who is this targeted at? Like, who does this benefit? Presumably these are for someone in a car, right? You're only going to be able to see the lines at night; however, if you're driving at night, you have your lights on, and you wouldn't be able to see them anyway. Is the idea that you have them in the event that, like... your lights suddenly burn out or something? Can you see the lines of the road way off into the distance, and does that make a difference in driving safety?

  20. Don’t Aussies play golf at night with glow in the dark balls? There’s a glow in the dark 18 hole course somewhere over there. I have to think that some policy makers were out for a round and had a few pints and thought “yeah, this is a bloody brilliant idea mate”

  21. Pretty sure the golf course is in Coober Pedy... too hot there to play during the daytime, so they play glow in the dark night golf instead... lots of homes are dugouts underground there too. Just... too too hot!

  22. Super distracting, imo. I like the idea of better reflective surfaces, but not glow in the dark (We don't need more light in the night)

  23. I definitely wish the US would find something similar to this. One of the things I hate most is that when it is raining heavily, the road lines cannot be seen, especially at night. Headlamps are just reflecting on the rain instead of the lines. But, if the lines produces some sort of luminescence, this would be mitigated.

  24. I’m not sure how much Glow in the Dark would actually help with that. Usually it needs strong like to charge with and only glows faintly.

  25. When i see paint that glows in the dark I imidiatly think about that Only fools and horses episode… maybe best episode ever

  26. I’m guessing the reason this probably won’t be implemented on a wide scale is due to costs or the fact that glowing pigment breaks down in the sun, reflectors work just as well anyways.

  27. I don't know about the rest of the world, but here where I live we already have retroreflective road paint, don't know why you would need glow in the dark, especially with how it degrades

  28. Hmmm and the states will do what they did with non-slip paint. Stop using it because it costs more. Disregard the amount of accidents caused by it (motorbikes and push bikes). Quite dangerous in the wet.

  29. I don’t typically forget my glasses, but if I’m driving at night without them for some reason, this would be helpful. My eyes have a hard time picking up the white anymore. Need this in the states

  30. I like it, but feel like it might impair my ability to look to the sides of the road for deer or what not. Possibly better with only the middle line neon.

  31. This will be such a game changer. I'm already avoiding driving at night because my old eyes can't handle the shadows anymore.

  32. Here in British Columbia, Canada, we decided on a different approach. The Ministry for Highways decided to switch to a new environmentally-friendly paint. It's great except when it rains and the road lines become nearly invisible.

  33. I always wondered would they ever be able to display something like this through your windshield? Like heads up displays but imagine a GPS arrow or lines highlighting the road. An AR overlay of sorts.

  34. I'd say do this in MI but 6 months out of the year our roads are covered in slush and snow and ice so it wouldn't matter :/

  35. I just had a bicycle ride for 40 miles yesterday and the ride would have been so much more magical if this is what our streets were paved with.

  36. As someone from rural Ireland, I can say we’ve needed something like this for years and so many other places worldwide will benefit greatly because of it. We’ve got some seriously dangerous country roads here in Ireland, sudden swooping bends, random multi road junctions, poor or often times no road markings at all… This would prevent so many accident, it also helps that it looks pretty epic

  37. They were probably fine when the roads were built but over time, lack of upkeep made them shitty. Guess what’s gonna happen if they implement the glow in the dark paint? It’s gonna work fine and then over time, lack of upkeep is gonna make them shitty.

  38. Because most roads down here use regular paint, not the reflective stuff... It also helps if they don't switch between 5 different types and shades of asphalt as well... As you can't see the paint as easily on certain surface types, especially when wet.

  39. This isn't useful though, Australia has reflective shit everywhere, cats eyes down the middle, coloured red/white reflectors on either side of the road. Paint that is just going to wear off isn't going to benefit anyone.

  40. How much snow do they usually get in Australia? Not a whole lot. So first of all, snow plows would absolutely rip all this shit right off the road. Second, it has absolutely nothing to do with money, the method is garbage, toxic and doesn't work as great as these pictures. And last...it's cute that you think Australia cares about its citizens.

  41. How does that distinguish it from say latex paint which is also a polymer "mass?" Pedantry, thy name is

  42. Why wasn't this invented 50 years ago? We had the technology. We could've rolled out a nation-wide program to paint all the highways with glow-in-the-dark Radium paint stripes. Make sure that all the highway stripe painters keep their brushes sharp by licking brush tips.

  43. I wonder how resistent it is to friction. It would be a pain in the ass if they had to reapply it every other week or even month.

  44. "back in my day" toy company Tyco had a Night Glow slot car series of tracks. Glow in the dark guard rails and center stripes. This immediately reminded me ofy childhood.

  45. There should’ve been a photo with car heads from behind camera to see how reflective they are for the driver

  46. It will fade over a few hours but in dark conditions with no street lights it will still be visible.

  47. Wonder how well this would work during the day when it’s raining heavily. That’s when visibility is especially bad for me.

  48. It's cool and all. But why? Is this designed for animals so that they can see where the roads are to avoid? Is it for people walking on the road? In which case they should really be wearing some form of hi vis clothing if they're walking in the dark and their own light source. God forbid it's not for drivers because they REALLY should be driving with their head lights on.

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