Self-healing asphalt could fix roads

ANNIE COLBERT
Last updated 14:31 11/03/2013

Relevant offers

Gadgets

Beats sued over noise-cancelling patent 'Dronies' take-off creating aerial headaches iPhones extract deep personal data Has the iPad already passed its peak? Aussies 3D-print braille phones Samsung Galaxy Tab S appeals to iPad user Device to protect cars from cyber attacks X-Men venture into virtual reality Apple orders 80m large-screen iPhones Leaner looking Microsoft to focus on design

This post was originally published on Mashable.

Could potholes go the way of the Ford Pinto?

Delft University of Technology engineering professor Erik Schlangen may have created a way to make that happen. Schlangen has invented self-healing asphalt, also known as bitumen, a material that could make roads safer and the dreaded "construction season" a thing of the past.

Porous asphalt, a popular choice in Northern Europe because of its noise reduction and water drainage capabilities, starts showing signs of wear within a few years. Schlangen claims that his self-healing asphalt has a lifespan twice that.

Schlangen brought his revolutionary product to TED to demonstrate how it works. Check out the video above to learn the science behind this self-healing road wonder.

[Via Humans Invent]

Mashable is the largest independent news source covering digital culture, social media and technology.

Ad Feedback

Comments

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content