Europe's longest smart motorway

ITALY The hyper-connectivity of the Salerno-Reggio Calabria motorway allows drivers to stay informed about accidents, traffic jams or construction ahead.

With a length of 432 km, the Salerno-Reggio Calabria will be the longest smart motorway in Europe. The road not only applies high-tech infrastructure for vehicles, but for itself. From biodegradable materials to 5G connectivity are the features of future roads when not only asphalt and concrete with painted lines on the surface.

A viaduct on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway.  Photo: Comunicazione Tecnologica

A viaduct on the Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway. Photo: Comunicazione Tecnologica

Salerno-Reggio Calabria, or Autostrada A2, is one of Italy's most famous motorways, connecting the two provinces of Salerno and Reggio Calabria. With a total of 190 tunnels, 480 river crossings and viaducts, the road was built in 1965-1974 and is now being upgraded with modern technologies.

Connectivity allows road users to connect to the road itself through a mobile application. Through the app, a range of smart services - with the majority providing information on the windshield - will be activated.

The highway itself is also capable of informing the driver about risks, slowing down, accidents or construction sites hundreds of kilometers ahead, as well as possible alternative roads. .

The Salerno-Reggio Calabria highway is also eco-sustainable, meaning that the electricity used for new and advanced technological systems comes entirely from renewable energy sources. Energy will be generated from photovoltaic panels. Wind turbines are also expected to be put into operation. Along the highway, there are many fast charging stations for electric vehicles.

The infrastructure of the smart highway also turns the distance of more than 400 km into a paradise for self-driving cars. That means drivers can go completely hands-free and let the car drive itself (with autopilot-equipped models) on the go. This ability is expected to be applied in the near future.

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