Imagine being able to stay on the road as long as you'd like, with the length of your trip limited only by the capacity of your bladder and not by the size of your fuel tank—or your battery, for that matter.
A pilot project about to get underway in England could make it easy. Later this year, government-owned Highways England will launch an 18-month trial designed to eliminate so-called range anxiety, by drawing power from the road to charge vehicles as they drive.
The test is one of several concepts being studied by highway planners, as they strive to make the world's roadways more evolved and better for the environment.
"Vehicle technologies are advancing at an ever-increasing pace and we're committed to supporting the growth of ultralow emissions vehicles on England's motorways," said Mike Wilson, chief engineer for Highways England.
In the organization's pilot project, the pavement will conceal a network of buried cables and coils. Specially equipped vehicles will be able to tap the electromagnetic fields that the system creates, recharging their batteries as they drive.