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Policy MAKES me SIGH @policysigh

@juliaw I am not sure about your concerns exactly, but I think every good idea should have some level of scrutiny before we just endorse it, especially because these will probably have a lot of implementation costs. For example, we already have the roads built and just need to maintain them, this would be an entire revamp of our infastructure regarding roads.

Just did a search and here is a video that points out some of the problems with this idea, mind you, with a large investment, government contracts, and potentially private industries getting involved, they could probably fix many of these issues with a few technological advances:

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Scott @tscott

Neat idea but doubt the cost effectiveness. It tends to be that greed is the culprit that defeats any decent idea. As soon as some greedy, wanna be fat pockets gets a chance the cost will far outweigh the use.

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Ross Bryan @ross-bryan-31

@juliaw

Genius outside-the-box thinking; surely something we’ll see lots of in the future (provided the human race doesn’t destroy itself first). Not so sure it’s cost effective in the short run, replacing all those roads and what not. But where it might be more applicable is in parking lots for apartments and condominiums. And on a side note, I also foresee hackers hacking into these things to display childish images and phrases.

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Two Cents @twocents

@ross-bryan-31 yes I think hackers is one of the biggest down sides of this idea that I can think of. I also agree with ross that this is great out of the box thinking. I think this kind of technology for sure could be used for more privately owned spaces like driveways commercial parking lots, etc. We could use that as a test to see how they perform before asking the tax payer to shell out a bunch of money for our infrastructure.

I think these could be just like solar panels in a sense. If you put them in at your commercial building parking lot, or use them in any development of a home or anything that has road space, you get some kind of tax credit or something.

@tscott I almost feel the same way @juliaw does about getting private corporations involved. I tend to think the private sector is much more efficient than the government. If the government gets involved I think the costs will definitely not outweigh the benefits. If the private sector gets involved you can be sure they will only invest in it if it is profitable or self sustaining.

@Juliaw great topic thanks!

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James L. Riggs @jlriggs57aol-com

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One of the things that I questioned almost immediately was the cost. Solar panels aren’t cheap.

Here are a couple of excerpts from the link below.

“Back in 2010, Scott Brusaw estimated a cost of $10,000 for a 12-foot-by-12-foot segment of Solar Roadway, or around $70 per square foot; asphalt, on the other hand, is somewhere around $3 to $15, depending on the quality and strength of the road. According to some maths done by Aaron Saenz, the total cost to redo America’s roadways with Solar Roadways would be $56 trillion — or about four times the country’s national debt.”

And

“With all that said, there’s still no denying that Solar Roadways are cool — but why not just, I don’t know, put solar panels along the side of the road? Or on the roof of your house? Or in the desert? Having built-in ice and snow melting is pretty neat, and lighting up when an animal steps on the road is cute, but neither are worth $56 trillion.”

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/183130-solar-roadways-passes-1-4-million-in-crowdfunding-just-short-of-the-56-trillion-required-but-not-bad-for-a-crazy-idea

The concept is really cool but the cost would be outrageous. I’m taxed enough thank you.

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