VIDEO – let’s hit the “road of the future” thanks to smart coatings?

New types of pavements are helping to create the road infrastructure of tomorrow.

A revolution is underway on French roads thanks to smart pavements. Reducing the heat, reducing noise pollution in the city center or even capturing natural light … These are the benefits that new types of coverings allow. Many municipalities are interested in these innovations.

Photoluminescent road paint, innovative signage

But the road of the future can also be designed around innovative signage. “If we look at nature, there are fish that emit light. We have been able to master this property. The pigments that are used in our paint capture light during the day and restore it at night,” explains Jean-François Létard, President of OliKrom, a company specializing in intelligent pigments.

In Pessac, a cycle path has been covered with this white paint which becomes phosphorescent when night falls. A world first that is capable of offering 12 hours of light and visibility beyond the headlights.