Technology is getting smarter every day. Self-driving cars, also known as autonomous vehicles, have already been designed and tested; soon we will begin to see them on the road. Although autonomous vehicles are not about to usurp the role of humans in driving motor vehicles any time soon, automated “smart” features have become more and more common in commercially available vehicles. Newer cars use a complex system of sensors to assist drivers with staying in their lanes on roads and parking in parking spaces or beside the curb. The cars take their cues from road markings.
Road Markings Are of the Utmost Importance for Road Safety
If you have ever driven on a busy road that did not have road markings such as lane divisions, you know how much more difficult it is to deal with traffic without them. Automated systems within autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles rely on road markings even more than human drivers do. If the road markings are faded or chipped, you as a human, might still be able to see them well enough to stay in your lane, but the road marking sensor of an autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicle cannot. Therefore, making sure that the markings on public roads are properly maintained is more important than ever, now that we have entered the age where cars that rely on automated systems to stay in their lanes have started to make up an increasingly large proportion of the vehicles on the road.
What We Do
We do more than just paint yellow lines on roads. We make sure that the road markings on highways and other public roads meet the standards for “visibly distinct markings,” meaning that they can be detected by autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles both in the daytime and at night. The markings that we paint on roads comply with the standards CEN EN1436 and ASTM E 1710, which specify the requirements for nighttime visibility of road markings. We also ensure that the materials we use for the markings themselves, as well as any materials that we use in the process of applying them, are environmentally safe.
We do our markings at such as size that drivers can easily read them from a reasonable distance away as long as they are driving within the acceptable range of speed. We design our road markings both for the cars of tomorrow and for the humans who drive them.