After Malda left, I think the smart "industry / geek" commenters left for Reddit where there's more forum specialization, and the "contrary for contrariness' sake" crowd of commenters drifted in as
I suspect these "Debbie Downers" cribbed the "I'm contrary, I hate everything" schtick off some late-aughties comedian, because I started seeing the same "style" pop up all over the 'nets around the same time.
Look at their posts: they just sit around and bitch. They are most definitely not building the future - they're off on the sidelines moaning about How Difficult Everything Is (waah). I've actually known a few in real life: they are generally excuse-making, low ambition, lazy, have little to offer the world, and will be forgotten within their own generation. They are followers, and distant ones at that... tellingly, "sheep" is one of their top pejorative words.
So after the ranting, I gotta put my mouth smack dab where the money is - you know, generate good commentary for the
I've seen flexible solar panels, and foldable ones, but not fancy tempered ones with integrated LEDs. These inventors may have something if they "pivot" (whoops- another coin in the swear jar!) away from the "solar roadways" moniker and focus on the rugged, integrated aspect. That's gotta be useful for something a bit higher-profit than replacement road surfaces. Like so:
* Pedestrian crossings.
* Fancy solar-LED-mosaic tiles for outdoor spaces.
* Markers for marathons, etc. Shit, you could put long range RF tag scanners in them and deploy as needed around the course. (Non-runners: In races, runners pin these single-use RFID type labels to their shirts so their times are easily - and cheaply - logged by sensors around the course.)
* Make some pentagonal ones too and cover a dome house in a high-risk hurricane area with them, like a soccer ball. Regular panels would fly away.
* Master what I can only assume is a "laminate the solar panel to the tempered glass" technique and start doing it with curved surfaces; have vandal-resistant solar facings.
* Pop a couple high-powered LEDs (omnidirectional) in there and have solar flares (not that kind) for construction sites, highway maintenance crews, truckx0rs, etc.
* Make high-end ruggedized panels for seagoing boats (that have a higher chance of capsizing, etc.)
I like where they're going by over-engineering the things so you can drive over them - just look for more uses for that kind of ruggedization instead of solaring the roadways. The roadways don't need solaring quite yet - as the others have mentioned, putting it *over* the road is a better place to start.