Tarmac Linemarking, a company operating in Australia, has collaborated with other startups like Vic Roads and OmniGrip to bring out new glow-in-the-dark line markings. The trial run took place in May 2022, and the work has gone vial. This test was also conducted on a single-kilometer section of the Metong Road, South East of Victoria. The images went viral on Facebook.
The markings that are being run through trials. It uses the same science that is present behind the simple photoluminescence that one can find in children’s stickers. During the dark, the novel coating on the sticker emits the light that it has been absorbing throughout the day. This also results in pavement markings and road lines that are better visible to drivers and pedestrians.
The spokesperson for Tarmac Linemarking, John Emanuelli, informed News.com.au that ever since the photos had gone viral, they had been flushed with councils and businesses looking towards having their pathways illuminated with the glow-in-the-dark technology. He stated, “There’s been a lot of interest since the trial run. It’s a great product.” For those who are unaware, the trial run was also one of the 70 projects. The program was to seek out innovative ideas that could help maintain the safety of the region.
Glow In The Dark Highway Markings Could Be A Thing Of The Present
Keeping that spirit up high, the state government also spoke about how they were looking towards LED-lit pavement for intersections. With inventions that could improve the reach of the reflective markings. Furthermore, they spoke quite highly about this product invented by Tarmac Linemarking. “This treatment will make it easier for drivers to see the line markings. It will provide stronger definition coming up to intersections and curves. It will give drivers more time to react and preventing them from veering from their lane. This will be particularly beneficial for people who are not familiar with driving through the area.”
The glow-in-the-dark road markings by this company did receive a lot of praise on social media. One admirer commented, “That looks like a good idea. Maybe it’ll keep people in their lanes where they should be. I’m all for it. Too many people go over those other lines. On some roads, the lines are old and hard to see at night especially if it’s raining.” Another commenter added, “Awesome! Now if the crazy people would just start burying the electrical lines instead of putting up power poles nobody would have a problem during storms.”
One can be assured that the glow-in-the-dark road markings would save a lot of lives shortly. The main question that stands is, why didn’t people think of this before? And this is quite an interesting question- considering the technology for such an invention was already in use.