Cars these days are full of more technology than ever. From lane assist to traction control to back up cameras and automatic braking, it seems like you car is constantly babysitting your every move to keep you, your passengers, and the other people on the road safe. These technologies, however, don’t make being on the road any more enjoyable than it always has been. But, The Autopian highlights Audi technology that can make every day seem like a lucky day with nothing but green lights ahead.
How Can You Get All Green Lights? Just Buy an Audi
Though the tech has been around for years now—the earliest versions were originally released in 2016—Audi’s Traffic Light Information (TLI) service has unfortunately been a well kept secret. When the service was just getting started it just took the information about the traffic signal that you were waiting at and let you know how long it was going to be until the light changed from red to green. Which is pretty cool. And it’s even better now.
The current iteration has had quite the upgrade to make every trip that little bit better. The newest tech is called Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory or GLOSA, and it takes the information about all of the traffic lights around you, as well as traffic conditions and a myriad of other factors, and tells you just how fast to drive to make sure that you get all of your traffic lights on green. Imagine getting green lights the whole way on your commute every single day. That would have to be the best feeling.
It’s More Than Just The Lights: All Factors Considered
The reason that you probably haven’t heard of this incredible piece of technology before is that it is currently only available in certain markets concentrated in major metropolitan areas in the US. Incredibly, Cincinnati seems to have a relatively high number of connected traffic lights, but if you head over to Columbus, the technology is nonexistent in the center of the city. That’s because all of the pieces involved to make it work are so much more complicated than just what is behind the dashboard of your Audi.
For your Audi to know when the traffic lights are going to turn green, it has to be able to interface with the traffic lights. And the traffic lights have to be able to interface back. This is one of the main reasons why the widespread rollout of this technology has been limited. The practice of this type of communication, which is known as V2I or Vehicle to Infrastructure is still quite fledgling. Having a car that talks to the other cars around it as well as to the essential parts of the highway infrastructure makes it easier than ever (in theory) to support safety on the roads, but the technology really only exists in a few places at this point.
And even when all of this technology exists, all of the parts have to talk to one another. The cars have to talk to other cars, which have to talk to the traffic lights. In this case, Traffic Technology Services (TTS) is the intermediary that takes the information that the traffic lights are providing and translates it into something useful—like how long the light is going to be red and how fast to drive to get all green signals.
The Tech Is Here, Why Is Audi The Only One Using It?
We all know how great of a feeling it is to get all of those lights on green, so the real question is why is Audi the only one who is currently using this technology? Though the V2I infrastructure is only available in limited areas, it is available. It’s not like people are only driving Audis in the metropolitan areas. Hopefully, one day soon GLOSA will be rolled out on more than just Audis, but until then, it’s just another reason to choose an Audi over something else. For more info, head over to The Autopian for their writeup.