Smart roads just around the bend – in pictures

A researcher at Eurovia checking the quality of tar at the firm’s research centre in Merignac, near Bordeaux, France. Medhi Fedouach/AFP

Smart roads just around the bend - in pictures

The Eurovia project manager, Bertrand Pouteau, displays the space for a smart road sensor into a piece of tar surface. Such sensors, it is hoped, will be used to improve the operation of autonomous vehicles. Medhi Fedouach/AFP

Smart roads just around the bend - in pictures

Mr Pouteau at the Eurovia research centre in Merignac, near Bordeaux. The company has operations across Europe, and the United Kingdom, as well as North and South America. Medhi Fedouach/AFP


Smart roads just around the bend - in pictures

A Eurovia lorry tests a road surface equipped with sensors. The firm is developing “smart roads”, stronger, able to light and defrost themselves and generate energy. Medhi Fedouach/AFP

Smart roads just around the bend - in pictures

A researcher at Eurovia tests a car wheel on a tar surface. Medhi Fedouach/AFP

Smart roads just around the bend - in pictures

A researcher works on tar at the Eurovia research centre in Merignac. Medhi Fedouach/AFP

Smart roads just around the bend - in pictures

The director of the Eurovia research centre, Ivan Drouadaine, displays the various kinds of tar developed for smart roads at the centre. Medhi Fedouach/AFP

Smart roads just around the bend - in pictures

Mr Drouadaine displays, under infrared light, cracks formated in tar due to cold weather, at the Eurovia research centre in Merignac, near Bordeaux. The smart roads the firm is developing are able to defrost themselves, thereby extending the life of the road surface. Medhi Fedouach/AFP

Smart roads just around the bend - in pictures

Researchers works on the manufacturing of new kinds of tar for smart roads at the Eurovia research centre in Merignac. Medhi Fedouach/AFP

Smart roads just around the bend - in pictures

A researcher works on newly developed tar for smart roads at the Eurovia research centre. Medhi Fedouach/AFP

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