If you think that laying the road - it's rollers, resin, shovels and heat, then this stereotype is slightly outdated. For example, in China is building an experimental high-tech road from solar panels, which wireless charging can to go charging electric cars scurrying back and forth .
The " solar " canvas in Jinan will be put in three layers. Below it will be insulating from soil covering, on top of transparent concrete, and between them a layer of solar panels, which must withstand the weight of a loaded wagon. Panels will accumulate energy and transmit to her charging stations for highway. AT the road will be able to recharge electric cars with using wireless charging. True, such charging will be installed only after a couple of years, when this technology is pumped, and electric cars will become massive. So The solar highway is equipped with a bunch of sensors and electronics, which will help machines with autopilot to better navigate the road.
The high-tech linen will become part of the highway in Jinan. In fact, it will be a small experiment with a long almost 2 km, which will help to test new technologies so that set up in a couple of years, when electric cars finally win. After all, high-tech roads were built and earlier (for example, a sensory road in Atlanta or the sunny highway in Idaho), however this project will try to unite in imagine literally everything.
It is interesting that, although construction of the highway became known on days, it was actually already finished costing - now connect the power network, test and want to run up end of the year.
Read in Russian: В Китае строят умную дорогу, напичканную электроникой, как корабль Энтерпрайз