The Nissan LEAF is the first car to shine in the dark, which will drive on a smart motorway with illuminated road markings, in Oss, in the Netherlands.


The "Smart Motorway" project was devised by the designer, Daan Roosegaarde, to make driving in the dark easier for drivers, and to save energy which would otherwise be required to illuminate the road.

The 600‑meter stretch of the N329 road, which is the main artery through the town of Oss, was modernized with illuminated road markings, which absorb light by day and emit it for eight hours by night. Improved visibility results in better traffic safety, and the consumption of energy is lower, as street lamps are no longer required. The photo-luminescent road markings supplement the innovative appearance of the Nissan LEAF. The paint sprayed on the car absorbs UV rays, and other types of visible radiation, by day, and shines for eight to ten hours after sunset.

April 2, 2015 Driving photo: Nissan

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