Smart highways are a significant element of the smart cities industry. Moving people and goods efficiently is essential for any city, and the evolution of smart highways is expected to deliver reduced congestion, fewer collisions, and cleaner air. Automated and electric vehicles (AVs and EVs) are key to achieving these benefits, and updated highway infrastructure is a powerful enabler.
Electric roads are being developed and prototyped in different ways, including dynamic wireless charging, direct contact power supply, and local electricity generation and storage. For AVs, new concepts in road marking and signage will make it easier for machine vision and other sensors to monitor the local road situation. Highway sensors will send data reports on road conditions to central service centers that then develop and deliver instructions to the fleet to optimize traffic flow.
This Navigant Research report examines the current state of smart highway technologies. It provides an overview of some current and recent test installations and examines the influence of AVs and EVs. The study also examines various benefits that will result from the successful implementation of smart highways. Recommendations are provided to road construction firms and suppliers on how to take advantage of the market potential and to government agencies on planning for the future.
Key Questions Addressed:
- What are the key products and features currently being developed and tested in the global smart highways market?
- What are the drivers for new highway infrastructure technology?
- What types of electric roads are under development?
- Which actions must city managers take immediately to prepare for the coming changes?
- How can suppliers best influence and develop the smart highways market?
Who needs this report?
- Road construction companies
- EV charging suppliers
- Road building suppliers
- Automotive OEMs
- Government agencies
- City managers
- Investor community
Table of Contents
Smart Highway Technologies Are Delivering Benefits Today and Preparing Cities for the Future
- Smart Highway Definition
- Technology for Smart Highways Continues to Evolve
Sensors and Communication Networks Are the Foundation of Smart Highways
- Testing In-Pavement Sensors in Virginia
- Honking Road in India Piloting Safety Innovations
- Active Drones in Italy Measure Pollution and Weather Conditions
- Cable Sensor in Norwegian Roads Could Serve as a Traffic Sensor
- Modular Blocks in Kansas Intended to Increase Safety
- Smart Trucks in Georgia
- Radar Sensors for UK Traffic Starting to Move Aboveground
- Plans for Cleaner Air in Leeds
Road Markings Are an Essential Component for the Future Fleet
- Solar Paint in the Netherlands
- Smart Studs in England
- Markings for Machines
- Invisible Signs Help Vehicles
Electric Roads Will Be a Key Factor for Fleet Electrification
- Harvesting Road Wind
- Solar Road Technology Is Developing Rapidly Globally
- Dynamic Vehicle Charging
- Direct Contact Charging
Future Highways Will Be Safer, Cleaner, and Better Connected
- New Business Models Are Needed to Fund Road Technology Investment
- Plans to Upgrade and Build New Roads Must Consider Radically Different Emerging Vehicle Technologies
- New Ways to Support the Increasing Popularity of EVs
- Comparing Electric Road Technologies
Prudent Technology Investment and Flexible Planning Are Critical to Smart Highway Success
- Long-Term Road Infrastructure Planning Must Consider the Potential for Significant Changes in Transportation
- Governments and Suppliers Must Educate Citizens on the Benefits of Smart Highway Technologies
- Suppliers and Technology Developers Should Focus on a Modular Approach and Interoperability
- Road Construction Companies Must Collaborate with Their Suppliers to Develop Global Solutions
- Smart Highway Electric Road Technology SWOT