3Q 2018

The Convergence of Smart Highways and Smart Cities

Smart highways are a significant element of the smart cities industry. Moving people and goods efficiently is essential for any city, and the evolution of smart highways is expected to deliver reduced congestion, fewer collisions, and cleaner air. Automated and electric vehicles (AVs and EVs) are key to achieving these benefits, and updated highway infrastructure is a powerful enabler.

Electric roads are being developed and prototyped in different ways, including dynamic wireless charging, direct contact power supply, and local electricity generation and storage. For AVs, new concepts in road marking and signage will make it easier for machine vision and other sensors to monitor the local road situation. Highway sensors will send data reports on road conditions to central service centers that then develop and deliver instructions to the fleet to optimize traffic flow.

This Guidehouse Insights report examines the current state of smart highway technologies. It provides an overview of some current and recent test installations and examines the influence of AVs and EVs. The study also examines various benefits that will result from the successful implementation of smart highways. Recommendations are provided to road construction firms and suppliers on how to take advantage of the market potential and to government agencies on planning for the future.

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  • What are the key products and features currently being developed and tested in the global smart highways market?
  • What are the drivers for new highway infrastructure technology?
  • What types of electric roads are under development?
  • Which actions must city managers take immediately to prepare for the coming changes?
  • How can suppliers best influence and develop the smart highways market?

  • Road construction companies
  • EV charging suppliers
  • Road building suppliers
  • Automotive OEMs
  • Government agencies
  • City managers
  • Investor community




Smart Highway Technologies Are Delivering Benefits Today and Preparing Cities for the Future

Smart Highway Definition

Technology for Smart Highways Continues to Evolve

Sensors and Communication Networks Are the Foundation of Smart Highways

Testing In-Pavement Sensors in Virginia

Honking Road in India Piloting Safety Innovations

Active Drones in Italy Measure Pollution and Weather Conditions

Cable Sensor in Norwegian Roads Could Serve as a Traffic Sensor

Modular Blocks in Kansas Intended to Increase Safety

Smart Trucks in Georgia

Radar Sensors for UK Traffic Starting to Move Aboveground

Plans for Cleaner Air in Leeds

Road Markings Are an Essential Component for the Future Fleet

Solar Paint in the Netherlands

Smart Studs in England

Markings for Machines

Invisible Signs Help Vehicles

Electric Roads Will Be a Key Factor for Fleet Electrification

Harvesting Road Wind

Solar Road Technology Is Developing Rapidly Globally

Dynamic Vehicle Charging

Direct Contact Charging

Future Highways Will Be Safer, Cleaner, and Better Connected 

New Business Models Are Needed to Fund Road Technology Investment

Plans to Upgrade and Build New Roads Must Consider Radically Different Emerging Vehicle Technologies

New Ways to Support the Increasing Popularity of EVs

Comparing Electric Road Technologies

Prudent Technology Investment and Flexible Planning Are Critical to Smart Highway Success

Long-Term Road Infrastructure Planning Must Consider the Potential for Significant Changes in Transportation

Governments and Suppliers Must Educate Citizens on the Benefits of Smart Highway Technologies

Suppliers and Technology Developers Should Focus on a Modular Approach and Interoperability

Road Construction Companies Must Collaborate with Their Suppliers to Develop Global Solutions


  • Smart Highway Electric Road Technology SWOT

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