Road to the Future | The B1M


The global road network is one of the largest
systems ever built by man. In the United States alone, the total length
of roadway exceeds 6.6 million kilometres – enough to circle the Earth 165 times. While relatively simple to build as compared
to other structures – like skyscrapers or dams – the sheer scale of the global network
makes road construction one of the largest sources of material consumption on our planet. While road types can vary greatly depending
on their use, location and construction method the majority are formed from crushed rock, sand and asphalt in a process that releases volatile organic compounds (VOCs) into the
atmosphere. In order to curb the environmental impact
of road construction, a number of new innovations are now being trialled. Replacing some of the finite resources used
in road construction with one of humanity’s most notorious waste products – all whilst
extending the lifespan of the roadway itself – makes a lot of sense. In India, the process of melting plastic to
fill in potholes has been happening on a small scale for a number of years. British engineer, Toby McCartney, recognised
the benefit of using plastic in roads while travelling the country and developed a method
of turning plastic bottles into small pellets that could be added to an asphalt mix to increase
its bulk. McCartney’s solution has created roadways
that are 60% stronger and last 10 times longer than those built with conventional methods. The UK county of Cumbria quickly noticed the
benefits of this innovation and have adopted the process for new public roads in the region. Using 3-10 kilograms of waste plastic per
tonne of asphalt – and with roughly 10 tonnes of asphalt used in every kilometre of roadway
construction – this process has the potential to lock-up a considerable amount of waste
material that could otherwise end-up in landfill or our oceans. Taking things a step further, Dutch company
KWS, together with Wavin and Total, have developed PlasticRoad; a prefabricated, modular roadway
made from recycled plastic. The product’s anticipated lifespan is three
times longer than that of a normal road build-up. It’s also four times lighter and can be
constructed 70% faster than a traditional asphalt roadway. PlasticRoad’s hollow design allows service
pipes and cables to be fed through its road deck without the need for extensive digging. Some of the space can also be used to store excess water during storms. With a number of trial projects now planned
– including this bike path in the Netherlands, which opened in September 2018 – you could
see prefabricated plastic roads on a street near you in the not too distant future. Incorporating solar panels directly into the
road network has the potential to turn an otherwise static piece of infrastructure into
a major source of renewable energy production. Companies such as Solar Roadways in the United
States, Wattway in France and SolaRoad in the Netherlands have all developed prototype
systems that are durable enough to withstand traffic loads and the elements. While the concept may sound advantageous,
critics have raised a number of concerns around this new type of roadway – including the safety
of vehicles driving over the toughened glass or silica that is required to protect the
photovoltaic elements, and how effective horizontal solar panels can be as compared to those positioned
diagonally on roofs. Several pilot schemes are now underway, seeking
to overcome these challenges. With a drive to reduce pollution, recycle
plastic and construct a more sustainable built environment, innovative solutions like these
could make a significant difference when applied to something as vast as the global road network. If you enjoyed this video and would like to
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100 thoughts on “Road to the Future | The B1M”

  1. Thats because the mafia controls construction…they want the roads to deteriorate fast so that they can get more contract …

  2. I guess that the US military still have not released the zero point energy tech that enables free energy and anti gravity machines….the worlds future is clearly not bliss.

  3. Asphalt.
    NOT ASHphelt.
    wtf is wrong with you Englanders? why is YOUR OWN language turned to moronic shit in yer mouths? and BTW.. lol Plastic Roadways is a SCAM you techless wank.

  4. Sounds like a good idea on the surface but ware and environmental extremeswill could cause repercussions that these projects are trying to prevent. Microplasics, extreme heat and cold, natural erosion and excess loads of larger vehicles will need to be factors to consider before this can go live.

  5. USA will never give up blacktop roads. We need to pollute our air, land, waters, and poison our road workers. The big oil companies need to contaminate with oil, so they can make their billions of dollars. Hollow section roads make way to much since to use. Solar will only be a fun dream so we do not take money away from the power companies, coal companies and let us not for get the oil companies.
    Still it was a great video to see what can be done. Thank you.

  6. Which is ideal however over a certain massive amounts of years you have water displacement underneath the ground where certain surface cracks and also potholes starts occurring inside the concrete where they have to be man fixed immediately

    Where water is driven upwards or it's 6 down and goes into another hole underneath the ground

    After a certain wire to concrete being wet and heated up wet and heated up wet and heated up wet and heated up over and over and over again the roads becomes critically unstable for example you will start to get soil which is pressurising allwoods which is pushing itself through the ground itself where water is rising up underneath the ground services pushing the levels forwards and onwards and upwards until eventually a crack occurs or it will sink where it will drop and performs a sinkhole which is also known as a pothole

    Date for these individual Bridges Andrew rateswitch America has made greatest out of their structure they need to monitor the length of how far it is sunk into the ground for example measurements where they are going backwards and forward after say approximately 2 years they need to notice a drop inside the development

  7. Well, plastic erosion would probably be a contamination problem. Solar roads would get dirtied and lower light absorption. I feel like this is actually one of the few times flying cars are actually practical.

  8. I love the videos that debunk this video! Although the concept of adding waste plastic as an additive to bitumen asphalt roadways is a winner (longer lifespan and an inexpensive method of disposing of waste plastic), the plastic roadways and solar roadways are never going to be economically viable…it's in the financial math and physical properties of the substances. Plastic by itself is super-soft, wearing quickly beneath truck tires. The total amount of plastics produced each year globally is less than one percent of the total amount of bitumen produced. Both, by the way are the result of oil drilling and they are both forms of hydrocarbons. The concept of building a road from modular plastic pieces is a Total Cost of Ownership nightmare, especially if you place cables and pipes in the modular roadway. When you replace a piece of worn out plastic road, everything embedded in it also has to be detached and reattached. (notably horrible for fiber optics where every coupling results in signal loss) Solar roadways are a financial disaster. Solar cells stop producing when they're shaded. The typical roadway here in Portland, Oregon is covered by slow moving cars stuck in traffic about 8-11 hours a day, whilst it''s daylight. So even if you could get around the maintenance nightmare of keeping them clean enough to enable the sun's rays to penetrate and replace the panels that fail due to all of that heavy truck induced vibration, the panels simply won't be producing electricity. With so much land available just outside the city limits, it makes much more sense to integrate agriculture and solar arrays. Many plants actually grow better with shade during the hottest time of the day. The true answer to reducing the cost and environmental impact of building and maintaining roads is to NOT build roads. What about bullet trains, light rail, dedicated bicycle paths, and improved urban planning that has people living closer to where they work and shop? These are all much more viable both financially and environmentally.

  9. That modular plastic road was debunked by Thunderf00t quite well, check it out if anyone is interested. And he debunked Solar Freaken Roadways! in like ten different videos. Both terrible ideas.

  10. GREAT IDEA! Right up there with SOLAR roadways!
    Both horrible ideas if anyone with an IQ over 95 thinks about all the problems with this pipe dream.

  11. Plz dont start these roads
    If you start people use more plastics
    And think these plastic wastages can make a road like wise plastic usage increases frther

  12. A recent article from a science magazine said micro plastics were found in the depths of the ocean, in 100 years we are going to become silicon based creatures and on to AI.

  13. good luck with that….Plastic will wear down real quick by getting run on millions of cars per day and it would have to be replaced very often

  14. I like the plastic road idea assuming you are only using re used old plastic, it is stupid to make new plastic for these roads but old recycled stuff might not be a bad idea at all…

  15. This is a great idea is it recycles plastic from say, Mongolia,which is being used as the world garbage bin, finally clean that up, and have longe r lasting roads.

  16. A mix of old unfinished sandwiches, and empty toilet-rolls, has proven to provide a 30% increase in fuel savings compared to regular roads.
    And embedding empty coca cola bottles, enhances grip and helps keep drivers alert.

  17. Those prefab roads would be really annoying. Youll be able to feel and hear every connection you go over. Bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum bum

  18. With less cars and trucks and other heavy vehicles on roads in the future we could easily reduce the damage on public roads and let the heavy vehicles and transport happen on the railroad track! By shortening the distance between housing and e.g. rail stations plus extending public transportation networks with trams and light rail, we also could get more urban, less polluted, sustainable and human sized city life in the future. Please be aware that cars are not the future of transportation, dear city planners!

  19. Critics pointed out why solar roads will fail and they failed pretty much as was predicted, not weather resistant solar panels are notoriously low energy density, as well as solar power being highly intermittent. Solar roads are simply a bad idea. I'm also sceptical about the claimed durability benefits of adding plastic into asphalt, it wouldn't be the first time special interests make all sorts of claims and then fail to deliver on those claims.

  20. Well this plastic road concept was invented in southern part of india.
    U make it sound like a western innovation. Shame on u guys, now u r invading ideas as well.
    So much for ur shit show.

  21. I like how no one is mentioning the problem of accessing the pipes and cables inside the road. Or like, how you would replace a damaged section without cutting the utilities.

  22. Why do you pause after every 3rd or 4th word?! Its so annoying! You are putting periods by pausing in places that shouldn't have one.

  23. typical corporate marketing lies. ignorant management believes this b.s. or neglegiently ignores it in favor of making a profit and then making a hasty exit when it is called into the light of evidence. marketers are patent liars. the public is mostly patently ignorant. a match made in heaven.

  24. Since the future is all electric vehicle and planes plus trucks that will awesome in the street can charge the cars plus trucks. Also now the plastic waste will be use to build road a lot money save plus it helps the enviroment win win.

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