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post #11 of 66
It takes American's weeks to patch a simple section of road, we are not getting this for decades. Which is a shame, because unlike lobbying and granting absolutely ridiculous patents, this is actually useful.
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post #12 of 66
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The reason we have to patch our roads so often is because the government outsources to the cheapest builder and regulations are weak. We wouldn't need such frequent repair if we used roads that were built on a cement base with 26 inches of tarmac made for the environment it'll be in.

Yup! Not to mention the viscious cycle of creating roads for cars but first destroying them with the trucks used to build the roads, then having to rebuild them...
At least in my area the actual crews doing the work do a really nice job thumb.gif So that first month is gravy for my car.
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post #13 of 66
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The reason we have to patch our roads so often is because the government outsources to the cheapest builder and regulations are weak. We wouldn't need such frequent repair if we used roads that were built on a cement base with 26 inches of tarmac made for the environment it'll be in.

yup its awesome, the US government does the same with military work, give to the cheapest bidder, this is capitalism at its best, and if you dont agree, youre not 'merican and youre a communist.
post #14 of 66
Would love to see this on I-75...especially going up Jellico Mt

Doubt I ever will though
    
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umm... pun?
I too think this is a nifty idea. I don't see it practical for places like the US where billions of hours of combined road wear happen monthly requiring constant maintence. I would think in the end those snow flakes in the picture would end up just a mess of chaotic lines from all the re-paving.
Frankly I always thought we would see an in car enhanced image of the road, perhaps even with sensors from the road giving real time updates as the next best car tech.
Magical roads would be sweet though.

Accidental pun tongue.gif It was actually a typo.

Also the Mercedes S Class (2007 onwards) has a built in infrared camera that lets the driver see where he/she is going up to 10 times further than if he/she was using the brights and helps you see through fog a lot better as well. In the past the Mercedes S Class has had equipment in and a few years later other car manufacturer start putting the same equipment in their cars.
    
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post #16 of 66
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We can have this when they start building roads worth putting them on. In Ohio, Columbus specifically, roadbuilding is like the bottom of the priority list for Coleman and his band of idiots.
There's constant road construction, they're building awful highways out of concrete (They're really wavy and loud), and every road you drive on is cracked and warped due to trucks destroying them.
There's numerous roads on my way to work that are just rippled from trucks.

Lets not even speak of New Jersey, or New York biggrin.gif
I drive on interstates mostly, and Georgia/Florida is just the best stretch of road I have ever driven.
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Would love to see this on I-75...especially going up Jellico Mt
Doubt I ever will though

Imagine, I-5, I-75, and I-95 completely covered with this!
Lets not forget I-20!
post #18 of 66
Truthfully, I'd just be happy for the tri-state turnpike to stop being tolled. The construction hasn't moved in four years, and it's worse off than the free parts. I'm basically paying $10.50 every round trip for jack.
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post #19 of 66
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As already said about how slow construction can be. Would this even be worth looking at if Smart cars are truly just around the corner? Guess it would be a game of who could be adopted by the masses first lol.

Smart car adoption rate will be much slower than you obviously think. It's not like everyone in the world is just going to run and buy one. There will be people with olders cars on the road for the next 30-50 years.
post #20 of 66
As an engineer for the DOT the amount of misinformation, straight up foolishness, and ignorance about road construction and maintenance is dizzying.
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