New Audi Connect May Help Cars Save Fuel, Avoid Red Lights

By | March 10, 2014
A new system by Audi could make waiting at a red light much less annoying. Audi has created new technology that allows a car to sync up with the traffic light infrastructure to provide critical information to drivers. This feature, now fully developed, is an evolution of the Audi connect system. Among its many advantages, the new Audi connect can count down the remaining time a driver has to wait at a red light. It also prevents drivers from getting stuck at a light in the first place, telling drivers the exact speed they need to drive in order to hit the next green light. The car displays the speed information on the central instrument cluster and also shows visual red, amber, and green icons.
Not only is the system designed to save time in the city, but it will also improve fuel economy. At a red light, the system coordinates with a car's stop/start technology to turn the engine on exactly five seconds before a light will turn green. This helps to preserve fuel while allowing a driver to quickly move once the light has turned. Audi estimates the new technology can reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 15 percent. Audi says the technology is "production ready" and "could be fitted to every Audi model in the range" if government legislation permits. The automaker is considering a market launch in the U.S. If it were to come to market, the cars would need to coordinate with the central traffic computer in each city. Audi has already tested the system on a series of traffic lights in Las Vegas, Nev.; Verona, Italy; and Berlin, Germany. Source: Audi