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    Solar Roadways – Paving The Way To Roads Of The Future? (VIDEO)

    After having received funding from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Solar Roadways has made it’s way onto Indiegogo to raise funds for production; eager to deliver on their vision of a very promising future.

    So what can Solar Roadways do for us? Many, many things, apparently. First and foremost, unsurprisingly, these solar panels are suitable for driving, walking, and whatever else you wish to do. Which is a feat in itself.

    Other than this, they house LED lighting systems that allow bespoke lighting arrangements. Think of it as a way to alter the markings on the road at will, in an almost infinite number of ways; also offering a lot more clarity and vision at night. Pretty sweet, huh.

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    Alongside this, the solar panels have heating elements to ensure they can melt snow, so no more sliding around in dangerous conditions. Solar Roadways will also make room for power and data cables via a Cable Corridor, also used to store and treat stormwater. But the most impressive part, is the following, taken from their Indiegogo page:

    They pay for themselves primarily through the generation of electricity, which can power homes and businesses connected via driveways and parking lots. A nationwide system could produce more clean renewable energy than a country uses as a whole… EVs will be able to charge with energy from the sun (instead of fossil fuels) from parking lots and driveways and after a roadway system is in place, mutual induction technology will allow for charging while driving.

    If you’re not already impressed, or perhaps have further questions, be sure to check out their FAQ. Otherwise, be sure to check out their video below, for a glimpse into what our future roads could look like. And if you like what you see, support them on Indiegogo!

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    Dubai Ridding Roads Of Pesky Peasants?

    A lot of people in Dubai are doing pretty well for themselves, to say the least. It’s basically the capital of the world for wealth. And it seems this may have gone to their heads a bit, as Dubai are now looking to prevent poor people from using the roads.

    Yep, it’s as ridiculous as it sounds. It seems the roads just aren’t spacious enough for the rich folk.

    Hussain Lootah is the man behind this move, attempting to rid Dubai of heavy congestion. The plan is, to make car parks, fuel prices, and insurance, much more expensive; essentially meaning those that can’t bathe in their own money won’t be able to use their cars to get around.

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    An all too common ridiculous sight in Dubai

    They are also planning to implement a strict rule, which prevents those under a minimum salary threshold from owning a car. Of course, because it’s Dubai, the minimum salary might be pretty hefty. And those in power will probably throw money in an attempt to make driving a very exclusive club, for their ludicrously expensive vehicles.

    Of course, the poor have been reminded by Lootah that there’s always the lovely public transport available. The Metro is being expanded in the future, and there are a number of luxury buses to hop on. Since when can the words “bus” and “luxury” be used in the same sentence, especially when they’re public?

    At least the police won't be facing restrictions

    At least the police won’t be facing restrictions

    Nothing quite like having your independence stripped off of you. I feel as though the ability to own a car should be a basic human right. I mean sure, congestion, pollution, and rush hour queues have to be combated in some way; but sensible options such as awareness schemes and carpooling have been dismissed already. But these kind of stupid ideas some how slip through. The luxury of some, seems to be far more important than convenience for the entire population.

    Perhaps the idea of ridding the roads of peasantry is far more appealing than solving the original problem itself.

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