The technology enables cars to display how long before a red light turns green; it will launch in the US this year
Doug Revolta Autocar
16 August 2016

Audi’s new traffic light recognition technology will be used in UK cars, but the manufacturer is waiting for the infrastructure to be ready before rolling out the technology.

Traffic Technology Services (TTS) is launching in America at the end of this year in the Audi Q7, A4 and A4 Allroad fitted with the Audi Connect system. It sends real-time signal information to the car from traffic lights and, if waiting at a red light, it can display how long until the signal changes to green on the instrument cluster or head-up display unit.

TTS uses the in-car 4G internet to receive information from traffic light control centres in selected cities. However, Audi has not specified how many cities in America are equipping traffic lights with the necessary technology to do this.

Audi’s general manager of connected vehicles, Pom Malhotra, said that TTS could eventually be integrated into navigation and start-stop technology, leading to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.

Audi has yet to announce its plans to bring the technology to Europe and the UK, but it has indicated that the car technology is ready and it is just a matter of preparing the infrastructure to be compatible with it. It is likely that TTS will filter down to a range of other Volkswagen Group cars in the future.

The manufacturer previously carried out a test of the traffic light technology in Europe in 2014, and when it launches in the US this year it will be its first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration.

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16 August 2016
And the point of this is ?? Is it to start traffic light races ? Another useless piece of junk to add to the car. For god's sake.....enjoy the physical experience of DRIVING ! If not, give up driving.

16 August 2016
Pedestrian crossings in some European countries already display how long until the signal changes, why is it necessary for the information to go direct to the car? This is nothing but a gimmick, but in all fairness to Audi, they've been trading on gimmicks for decades. However, if this isn't a purely a gimmick, does the technology have an ulterior motive? Will it be like a mobile phones or social media and be used to keep track of which vehicles are passing certain junctions? Reading articles like this only makes me long for old school cars. Perhaps its time to invest in an everyday usable classic?

17 August 2016
Black boxes in cars which relay every move you make back to insurance companies, cameras everywhere reading number plates. Pay & display meters now needing you to input your registration number. Autonomous cars which communicate your exact grid reference and read the road signs. We are building our own prison and people are buying into this shit thinking that it is all intended to save you waiting at a red light FFS ! This isn't just happening on the highway it's taking place in your children's school with finger print technology enabling access to the cashless canteen. It's happening in your home with smart T.V's watching you, smart meters recording data and transmitting back to the grid every device that gets switched on. My question is do you want or need this technology or does your government require it as they map and try to control your life ? What next RFID chips implanted under your skin to enable you access your bank account or the office, some companies are already rolling this out today for your security right !!

 Offence can only be taken not given- so give it back!

16 August 2016
This has to be the most pointless and useless extra since Stop-Start. Audi be ashamed very ashamed

 

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16 August 2016
In reply to the above comments, I believe Audi intends to use this system to control the vehicle's speed such that it won't need to stop at red traffic lights, but rather arrive when they are green so it can just keep on going...in theory, this should improve fuel economy...

 

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16 August 2016
It will probably give a 5 second warning beep so the driver knows to stop tweeting on their phone and get ready to drive instead of holding everyone up whilst they make yet another banal post..

16 August 2016
About time Audi invested in technology to help their drivers recognise what a 'Give Way' line is.
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