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Click: A Route 66 of the future - Episode 1

Updated Friday, 26th April 2013

In this episode, Click unlocks the grid and investigates whether our roads and highways really can become intelligent.

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Sign No. 330 – German autobahn Sign No. 330 - German autobahn

About the episode

Many of our roads and highways are unintelligent leading to road blocks and gridlocks; they’re also dangerous and all too frequently death traps. Click looks at the ways researchers and technologists are harnessing smart technology to unlock the grid.

Click travels on the Greenway routing system in Germany that books you and your car a traffic-free slot on the autobahn/motorway; and takes to the road in the Netherlands where an innovative project is underway installing smart road design that features interactive lights that switch on and off as cars pass, and wind-powered lights by the roadside. We hear how these ideas are catching on and are being fine-tuned for local needs from Australia to India to help with the many blackouts on the road.

Click can be heard on the BBC World Service on Tuesday 30th April 2013 at 7.32pm. Full schedule and iPlayer links are on bbc.co.uk. Read more about the current series.

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