The automobile is at the core of our culture and in fact, much of this country has been engineered around it in the last sixty years. However, so far both the car as well as the highway/freeway-system only has been serving infrastructural purposes and acts as an exclusive consumer of resources.
We believe that this does not necessarily have to be the case. The velocity, prevalence and potential which it embodies already, can be harnessed to create energy for the nation and for the individual. This project includes several changes to the system, to be prototyped in California, predominantly on the State Route 17 (also known as Highway 17) and on some of Los Angeles' freeway-ramps.
Proposals include induction loops to drive through, structures to break against when leaving the freeway and also, more controversially, objects that collect the enormous energy that impacts generate. The latter is especially interesting in regard to Route 17 with its frequent accidents.
It is still to be determined whether the added features to the American transportation system are to be installed as voluntary detours where individual motorists can decide whether they want to generate energy or on their way.