Audi drivers to get green light countdown as cars connect to traffic lights

Audi drivers to get green light countdown Audi drivers to get green light countdown as cars connect to traffic lights
Audi has developed a traffic light recognition technology that will display to drivers how long until the next green light. It plans to roll out the technology on US models next year, and is currently waiting for an update to infrastructure before making the system available to UK drivers.

It’s Traffic Technology Services (TTS) will be available on Audi Q7, A4 and A4 Allroad models fitted with the Audi Connect system. It works by receiving real-time signal information sent from traffic lights. That information is then displayed to the driver as a count down on an instrument panel or head-up display.

As more cars get LTE systems installed and become 'connected', many in industry believe this is a sign of things to come. It is hoped systems, like this one, might help lead to smarter traffic control systems and reduce congestion.

Pom Malhotra, general manager of connected vehicles at Audi, said: “This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration. In the future we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start / stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”

The Traffic light information service will begin with availability in select US cities from spring 2017.

In 2014, Audi began to offer 4G/LTE broadband connectivity with its vehicles.

Justin Cunningham

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