With autonomous driving features becoming more common and more important to how we drive, Audi is looking to use these advancements to make driving much more efficient.
With the new Traffic Light Information (TLI) system, Audi plan on mapping the world’s traffic systems and infrastructure so that vehicles can automatically know when traffic lights will be changing from red to green and vice versa.
Using brake assist and cruise control systems to control the speed of the vehicle, it will help to make driving much calmer and more efficient.
Using Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) technology to make both the city and vehicles smarter, this new system will help advance autonomous technology even further.
Currently only available in Las Vegas, Audi of America is currently gaining information on other US cities to then incorporate into the system.
The ‘Time to Green’ function for TLI will display a countdown on Audi’s Virtual Cockpit display to the next green light phase, with the car calculating whether the driver will make it in time at the current speed. If they can’t, the car will recommend to throttle back in good time, reducing overall emissions and traffic problems.
With the European cities of Berlin, Ingolstadt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Verona currently being used to test the system, it will take some time before it becomes more widespread throughout the continent.
Head of electronics pre-development at Audi AG, Andreas Reich, said: “For the first time, our cars are exchanging data with traffic infrastructure in real time. Drivers can adapt their behaviour to the situation and move through city traffic in a much more relaxed and controlled way.
“We increase energy efficiency when we connect our Audi models to smart cities. Further V2I services will follow, making the car into an interactive mobile device. We see autonomous driving as the end of this development.”