Audi’s Traffic Light Countdown Expands in the US

Audi’s Traffic Light Countdown Expands in the US

0 comments 📅10 May 2018, 17:30

Way move in reverse in the heady days of 2016, Audi announced that its car would know when the lamp you were waiting at would turn green and give you a countdown. Unfortunately, the wheelman program was only available in Las Vegas at the time, but now it has expanded to include 10 cities in the US.

Phoenix, Arizona, and Kansas Megalopolis, Kansas join Dallas and Houston, Texas; Palo Alto and Arcadia, California; Portland, Oregon; Denver, Colorado; Las Vegas, Nevada; and Washington, D.C.

“Audi continues to be an commerce leader in connectivity and mobility solutions,” said Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America in a report. “Not only do V2I [vehicle to infrastructure] technologies like Traffic Light Dirt help to reduce driver stress, they are also essential infrastructure developments as we go on toward an automated future.”

The system works by using the onboard 4G LTE network to get official-time signal information from the traffic management system. So, when you’re waiting at a red headlight, you get a little countdown to tell you when the light will turn green.

Audi also believes that V2I technologies can be applied to unvarying more of its cars’ functions. The start/stop function, for instance, could also be tied to the lights, allowing the car to start up in sync with the lights (even though welcoming outside agents to control your engine does have some mignonne alarming consequences if it goes wrong).

Audi also figures its cars could commend a speed to its drivers to best catch green lights, which is actually a attractive good idea—though in cities with timed lights that mo does tend to be posted on big white signs across the city.

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