It a shame other engineers want to pick it apart for all the negatives they can find. Most especially when they toss aside the concept that while their edumacated minds are cycling the con's they can counter with the pro's and push the project that much further forward.
Whether it's a lack of personal gain, glory, or publication they are quite quick to relate the bad and damn the rest of us to the downward spiral we've collectively made of the so-called American Dream.
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Here's my soapboxing:
I see a lot of debate, but the crucial points that would actually push this kind of project into success:
1. Open Minds ~ It's a positive idea with a lot of positive results. Those with viewpoints attempting to shoot down every single ideal involved doom the rest of us to the same situation we're in now (poor economy, $#!tty road conditions, et. Al.).
2. Trust ~ I understand it's human nature to mistrust anything that's not completely founded. The only benefit I can see as a result of mistrust are minds that realize...
3. ...The Cons That Need a good Pro-ing ~ How about it? How about taking all those negatives you're so keen to harp on and instead FIND SOLUTIONS TO REMEDY THEM.
What about the elements of road grime? Discover a cheap non-APFO surface that allows the grime to be washed into the collection channels already included in the roadway design (one channel for the electronic relays, the other for water runoff ~ which should actually be three or four in hindsight)
What about road wear? Refurbishment. It's not the entire road that needs replacing, just the hardened glass panel resting atop replaceable components.
Or heating element wafers.
Or whatever else.
They pop one panel out, replace it with another, and get out of the way in a matter of a few minutes. The glass is recyclable, and I wouldn't be surprised half the rest of the components can be made as such also.
What about road angle? The ideal is to have a complete network of roads constructed this way. All would be connected and producing in one place or another as one complete network. Sunlight somewhere is being collected.
Please do me one thing: before you turn my words into out-of-context quotes, fuel to continue the naysaying, etc. could you instead spend that mental energy on something that benefits us all. Humans are said to be the high-end of creative or evolutionary hypothesis. Yet, we like to act like savages to each other under the pretext not all of us have a engineering degree we enjoy waving around like it means everything.