Audis to start communicating with EU traffic lights
German carmaker Audi will roll out its “Traffic Light Information” service from July 2019 in Ingolstadt, Germany. Other European cities will follow in 2020.
This system connected to traffic lights informs the driver on the required speed to reach the next green light. If this isn’t possible and the car has to stop, a countdown to the next green phase will appear on the car’s instrument panel.
“Stop-and-go traffic in cities is annoying. By contrast, we’re pleased when we have a ‘green wave’, but we don’t catch them often”, explains André Hainzlmaier, app development and connected service manager at Audi. The German carmaker wants to reduce the time drivers of its cars are spending at the red lights.
Born in the USA
In the USA, Audi drivers have been using the ‘Time-to-green’ service for two years. The system projects a countdown on the car’s head-up display or instrument panel when the Audi reaches a red light. This function is available at 5.000 crossings all over North America.
In February, another service was launched. Designed to take advantage of the ‘green wave’, the Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) shows the ideal speed to drive at in order to reach the next traffic light on green.
Europe from 2019
As of today, a selected group of Audi models will be equipped with both above-mentioned systems for a test phase in Ingolstadt, Germany. From 2020 onwards, all Audi models from the A4 to the e-tron (2020 model year) will inform their drivers on the traffic light situation in many European cities.
“In the long term, urban traffic will benefit from this sort of technology. Especially when cars send anonymous data to the city’s traffic management systems. This should bring more traffic fluidity”, ends André Hainzlmaier.