Audi is taking another step toward fully-autonomous driving with the inclusion of an industry-first vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technology on select 2017 models.
Working with Audi Connect and in partnership with Traffic Technology Services (TTS), Audi’s Traffic Light Information system will be fitted to select 2017 Q7 sport utility vehicles, A4 sedans and A4 allroad crossovers in fall 2016, granting the models the ability to communicate with municipal traffic signals in so-called “smart cities” to alert drivers to the impending change in colours as the vehicles are approaching light-controlled intersections.
“This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration,” said Pom Malhotra, General Manager, Connected Vehicles. “In the future, we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start/stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”
Traffic light information is an Audi Connect Prime feature that enables the car to communicate with a metropolitan area’s advanced traffic management system, enabling the car to receive real time traffic signal information. When waiting at a red light, the instrument cluster and head-up display (if so equipped) will display the time remaining before the light changes to green.
Audi Connect has continually remained ahead of the technology curve, starting with a broadband enabled vehicle in 2010, and leading into 4G/LTE connectivity in 2014.