Nothing can make your journey annoying as well as risky as the potholes do. And the more problematic thing is to repair them. You may remember roads and lanes are being closed for such a long time. What about a self-repairing road that can spare you from those harassments? Dutch researchers are actually thinking about something like that. Delft University’s Erik Schlangen told The Verge that they are planning to test self-repairing asphalt that could fix small cracks in the pavement and charge the EVs with its conductive steel fibers and bacteria.
Well, making it all work is quite challenging. The healing demands an induction machine that can produce enough heat in both the fibers and asphalt to trigger the repair process. And, with the wireless charging system, it’d be needed to both supply electricity through the steel and outfit cars. According to Schlangen, even if you discount the excessive equipment, this self-repairing road might cost about 25 percent more than usual.
However, the payoff for both the drivers and the city infrastructure could be well worth the exceeding preliminary cost. Asphalt could decay constantly, which makes it time-consuming, as well as costly to maintain the roads, discouraging the authorities from starting repairing in the first place. Albeit the initial cost is high, this new approach could double the lifespan of the road and reduce the maintenance cost. And with enough EV chargers, this self-repairing road could also reduce the need for dedicated charging stations.