The idea that your car can understand traffic light patterns still seems preposterous, as we are still trying to deal with a limited technology of autonomous driving. But Audi has been gradually releasing its Traffic Light Information system in the United States for the past few years, and has finally reached the nation's capital.
Audi said on Wednesday it is expanding its traffic light information system to Washington, DC, making it the seventh largest area in the US. UU In accepting technology. In summary, the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) system in some Audi 2017 and 2018 models can receive information from a centralized traffic light management system on how long before a red light turns green through the access point 4G LTE integrated in the car.
The automaker first launched the technology in 2016 in Las Vegas, and has since extended to cities such as Dallas, Denver, Houston and Palo Alto, as the system now supports road signs for more than 1,600 intersections in the USA UU For Audi, technology, such as the traffic light information system, could be used to offer better routes through the navigation system, or even to optimize when it would be better for a vehicle to brake before the light changes.
Which is a step towards the connected city that other automakers and companies have touted as the way forward. While that may be a vision for a more distant future, the ability to see if a semaphore will turn green in a matter of seconds seems a much more attainable convenience now.
Audi traffic light information is available on the 2017 and 2018 models with an Audi Connect Prime subscription.