No one likes being forced to twiddle their thumbs at a stop light on their way home from a long day at work – and that’s why Audi has unveiled a new piece of technology that minimizes the headache of traffic lights.
Audi has become the first auto manufacturer in America to implement a speed advisory system that recommends varying speeds to the driver so they don’t have to spend so much time sitting at a red light.
The Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) uses traffic signal information and the position of a vehicle to display a speed recommendation that will allow drivers to pass traffic lights during a green interval in order to help reduce the number of stops at red lights.
The distance to stop, the speed limit profile for the area, and the signal timing plans are all used to calculate the speed recommendation displayed to the driver.
The technology won’t just save drivers the stress of waiting at red lights, either – since drivers will be discouraged from hitting the gas pedal in order to make a green light, the system could lower a car’s total carbon emissions by 15%.
The system can be utilized in select Audi models that were made in 2017 or later. Additionally, the technology can only be used in partnership with certain city infrastructures, which is why it is currently only available in Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando, Phoenix, Portland, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., northern Virginia, and Gainesville, Florida.
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