Audi has released further details of it’s Traffic Light Recognition technology which it claims could save millions of litres of fuel.
The system works using the cars own internet connection to relay information from the central traffic computer for the town or city it’s currently in. With this information the system can determine the speed required and alert the driver to ensure a stop free journey, sailing through green light after green light.
In the event that the driver is caught at a red light the technology ensures that the engine is running a mere 5 seconds before the green light gives passage.
Audi claim that the system could save a whopping 900 million liters of fuel if deployed across Germany alone, while reducing CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent. At present there’s no confirmation that the system will be compatible with the UK traffic signalling network but we’ll certainly be asking that very question.
The Audi press machine say that the technology is “production ready” and could be fitted to every Audi model in the range subject to the necessary government legislation.
My fellow Hypermilers would agree that the technology showcases the possibilities of the “connected car”, and how information gathered from the road network can do wonders for helping motorists save fuel and reduce emissions.
Read on for the full press release from Audi.
AUDI TRAFFIC LIGHT RECOGNITION TECHNOLOGY COULD SAVE MILLIONS OF LITRES OF FUEL
Market maturity for traffic light networking represents the next phase of Audi connect
- Audi Online traffic light information system has the potential to save time and fuel
- 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions possible
- System alerts driver to speed required to reach the next green light
- Fully developed prototype system showcased in an Audi A6 Saloon at CES
- Integrated into Audi connect and MMI, and compatible with every Audi model
If the driver is already waiting at a red light, Audi connect will calculate and count down the time remaining until the next green light is scheduled to appear via a timer on the DIS. The system also interacts with the car’s Start-Stop function to ensure the engine is switched on five seconds before the green phase.
Audi AG calculates that Online traffic light interaction has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 15 per cent, and could save approximately 900 million litres of fuel if it were to be deployed throughout Germany.
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.
Online traffic light information shared the stage with a host of technological advances from the Vorsprung durch Technik brand at this year’s CES, which represented the next phase in seamless connectivity between Audi models, their drivers and the rest of the digital world. Significant developments in Audi piloted parking and driving were demonstrated, with the central focus on an Audi A7 Sportback that can drive fully autonomously in moving traffic. Another immersive innovation is the Audi Smart Display, an Android-based tablet that allows users to interact with in-car controls yet can also be used as a standalone portable device in the home or on the move.
The Sport quattro laserlight concept also revealed the next generation of Audi lighting. The high-beam laser light unit can illuminate the road by up to 500 metres and will debut on the R18 e-tron quattro sports prototype at Le Mans in June.