Do you notice while driving, there are times when you are lucky enough to hit all the green lights and unfortunately, there are also times you hit all the red traffic lights, especially when you are in hurry. As traffic lights are synchronized in a network, you just need to figure out how to time your driving.
Audi engineers have come up a way to assist you on this. The technology is called the Smart City Traffic Light Assistance that will be equipped in new Audi cars. The system receives local traffic data about patters and timing and instructs driver the speed to select in order to pass through traffic during a green phase of all traffic lights encountered on your way.
Should you still miss the green due to unexpected traffic condition, the system works in sync with the start stop function of the car to turn off and restarts the engine when the green light is about to switch on. Audi says this can cut emissions by 15% and save about 900 million liters of fuel annually in Germany alone.
The fully functional system is now production ready and could be fitted to every Audi model in the range subject to the necessary government legislation. It was actively demonstrated recently on the busy Las Vegas freeways in an Audi A6 Saloon as part of a trailblazing technology display at the Consumer Electronics Show, and comprehensive testing continues in Las Vegas with 50 sets of traffic lights. Testing is also underway in the northern Italian city of Verona, where some 60 traffic lights covering almost the entire city centre are involved, and in Berlin, where 25 Audi customers are driving cars fitted with Online traffic information that can link up to a total of 1,000 traffic lights in the city. A market launch is currently the subject of intense analysis in the United States.