Audi is already known for developing stylish and high-tech vehicles, but now the automaker is ready to make driver’s dreams come true with an in-car system that helps drivers to hit green lights.
Two years ago the brand shared that it was working on a technology to avoid red lights, and while the tech isn’t completely ready yet, the first version is set to be integrated into some of Audi’s upcoming models.
The technology works by letting drivers know how long they can expect to wait for a red light to turn green. This knowledge is available by connecting to a city’s infrastructure via LTE and means that a vehicle will be able to calculate the ideal traveling speed that will lead to the most amount of green lights encountered.
Available in certain Q7, A4, and A4 allroad models built after June 1, 2016, the vehicles will be set up with Audi connect, which offers drivers cellular connectivity and GPS. Traffic light information will appear as a countdown clock on the dash or even as a heads-up display, and it will reveal the time remaining before a signal changes.
All that technological development could mean drivers can expect less congestion, reduced pollution, and a speeding up of traffic. While the possibilities are endless, the first iteration won’t be quite as functional. However, most drivers would agree that any step toward less traffic and easier commutes is a step worth taking.