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Road Markings

Visibility for drivers. Guidance for vehicles. Safer roads for everyone.

  • 3M’s retroreflective technology has raised the bar on visibility and durability in road markings for the modern world. As we strive to reach zero deaths, we will continue to evolve with changing modern technology to help keep roads safe, day or night, wet or dry.

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A video screen shot shows a winding two-lane highway and the words “What does bringing families home safely look like?”.

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Benefits of high-performing pavement markings

Three important characteristics for road markings.

At 3M, we are working to continuously improve and enhance technologies to deliver products that bring families home safely. Here are three key characteristics that set our pavement markings apart from the rest.

  • A blue car speeds past a high-contrast road marking that is easily visible on the pavement.

    High Contrast

    Contrast (the difference between the pavement marking and the background) is a key characteristic that machine vision (optical cameras) systems associated with ADAS, LDW and Lane Centering use to identify and classify pavement markings. Contrast markings combined with wider marking allows for detection of pavement markings at longer distances relative to narrower, non-contrast markings.

  • Dozens of cars drive on several neighboring highways, demonstrating the need for durable road markings.


    To ensure that machine visions systems will continue to accurately detect your pavement markings for years to come, they need to offer stable, persistent performance. This means the pavement markings must retain their luminance, contrast, and wet retroreflectivity over time.
  • Wet Reflectivity

    It’s critical that machine vision systems and human drivers can detect pavement markings in all conditions—including when it’s raining and the roads are wet. Pavement markings that deliver continuous wet retroreflectivity can be reliably seen in wet conditions.

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Pavement Marking Tape Applications

Videos for improved road striping applications

Watch the videos below to see how to properly apply pavement marking tape

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Redefine the Line - New Product for Connected Roads

  • A high-tech car is shown with the right half as a computer, calculating angle, speed and lane orientation.

    Advanced Driver Assistance Systems – which include Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Departure Warning are here. It’s time to visually optimize our roads with the next generation of pavement markings.

    Request a demo to see how new 3M™ Connected Roads All-Weather Elements can help you redefine the line.

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In an overhead view, cars and trucks drive on a long, multi-lane road.
Together, we can build the roads of tomorrow.

The way we drive is drastically changing. Cars and trucks are getting smarter and safer every day as they become increasingly automated. Are your roads ready for machine vision?

Learn more about Connected Roads

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Resources for Pavement Markings

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Contact Us

Have Questions? Contact Us to Learn More.

Give us a call:
1-800-553-1380 (U.S. Only)

Give us a call:
1-800-553-1380 (U.S. Only)

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