If you have seen this viral video, you will know that Julie and Scott Brusaw have grabbed the imagination of several million people, with an invention that could benefit the lives of hundreds of times that number.
If you haven’t seen it, there’s no time like the present!
When I saw it, several questions occurred to me about things such as cost, practicality, durability, traction and (a bit later) the effect of dirt covering, power generation/distribution, and several more. Believe me when I say that every question that I had, and a whole lot more that I hadn’t thought of, have been answered here (or click the question-mark image below right).
Here’s a small selection of questions from a large number that have already been answered (and whose answers are kept current as the project evolves) – click a question to read the current answer:
Can your Solar Roadways handle US Army tanks? (Short version: easily)
What will you do with your funding from Indiegogo? Are you going to do some projects?
— (and see the current list of interested customers who have allowed their names to be disclosed, which includes NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre)
Scott Brusaw addressing Google’s “Solve For X” think tank (worth looking at in its own right) in May 2013 – in some ways even more interesting than the viral video
Things have moved on considerably since these videos came out, with a very successful Indie crowd-sourcing exercise funding the next stage. It closed on June 20, 2014, having raised $2.2m, more than twice its target.
You may see among those mostly positive posts and articles that the (un)professional nay-sayers and trolls have also crawled out of the woodwork, as apparently they do after every successful Indie campaign.
Rather than rant about this particularly idiotic and destructive sub-species of the human race (especially prevalent in the USA, for some reason, home of great enterprise, innovation and engineering), I can simply point you at this: