Here's a glimpse into the future: high maintenance, expensive concrete roads and parking lots turned into glossy solar surfaces, fueling enough energy from the sun to power nearby communities and the electric vehicles above them.

This is the Smart Highway, a collaboration between Studio Roosegaarde and Dutch construction company Heijmans that introduces a prototype for what could eventually become the road of tomorrow.

Electric cars seem like the perfect solution to reducing smog and our dependence on oil, except for one thing: Batteries just aren't all that great.

While fast-charging systems like Tesla's Supercharger network can help, Daan Roosegaarde of Studio Roosegaarde in the Netherlands is looking at the problem from a different angle. Why are we focusing on the vehicles and not the roads themselves? After all, roadways are ubiquitous, and have the potential to be transformed into smarter, responsive interfaces.