I am so excited about this right now. Here is Solar Roadway’s Indiegogo campaign.
They want to replace the nation’s road with solar panels, then wire all those solar panels up to a computer to make our roads smart. LED light patterns can be changed at will, the panels can detect wildlife on the roads, communicate with driverless cars, parking lots could power electric car charging stations, surrounding panels could send out a message when one of the panels need to be fixed, melt ice on the road, and have way more other possibilities. It would also, if it replaced all roads in the US, pretty much generate enough power for the whole nation.
Yes, a lot of energy jobs would be lost, but they would be redirected into constructing, programming, recycling, and maintaining these high tech roads, as well as further R&D into solar energy. In the future these roads may be upgraded to be able to absorb kinetic energy from wheels as well, if that ended up being a substantial well of power.
Their graphic design and branding is from the ’80s, but they do have a promising vision and product. Maybe another funder will step up and update their look so that more techy designy types will give them more money.