Reports claim that there are 8,606,003 lane miles of paved roads in the lower 48 states. That’s enough asphalt and concrete to circle the Earth over 300 times. But what if those miles were made of something else other than asphalt and concrete? What if they were giving back as well as giving traction? Meet the Solar Road Panel. Composed of glass and LED lights, these panels have the ability to melt snow and cut greenhouse gases by 75%. No, this isn’t just a concept – the Solar Roadways company has already received backing from the U.S. Federal Highway Administration and raised over two million dollars through crowdfunding. The future, folks, is now.
Last week, Google integrated transit alerts into the Google Now app. However, it looks like they weren’t first to the punch. Ride Scout, a D.C.-based transit app, already launched its answer to the best way home on a budget. The app includes stop alerts along with local transit maps, parking information, and a transportation fare calculator. The best part? It’s all in one screen. You may find yourself asking, “Siri who?”