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Audi Tech Lets You Drive Without Hitting Red Lights

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When you were learning how to drive, someone might have told you about the famed green wave. This mythical condition is when you hit several green lights in a row as you drive down a street. To make life easier, Audi has just announced that it’s ready to release new vehicle-to-infrastructure technology that tells you the speed you need to catch the next green wave.   

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The formal name of the V2I tech is Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory, and it’s a first in the industry. The technology in select 2017 or newer models in equipped cities will gather information from nearby traffic signals and give you a speed recommendation that will help you move through green lights without stopping, if possible. GLOSA takes into consideration the speed limit in the area, distance to the stop light, and signal timing plans to calculate the optimal speed to display.

You may recall that select Audi vehicles can already communicate with stoplights using Traffic Light Information in 13 major metro areas. The brand launched it in 2016 in partnership with Traffic Technology Services, and it allows properly equipped vehicles speak to more than 4,700 intersections nationwide. Drivers in the advanced vehicles can see on their information displays how long there is until the light turns green so they’re ready to go.

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“Audi is committed to moving America in many ways, including through the development of industry-leading connectivity and mobility solutions,” said Mark Del Rosso, president, Audi of America. “Not only do vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies like GLOSA benefit drivers today, they’re also the critical steps needed as we continue toward an automated future.”

Self-driving cars might not be here yet, but we’re all for our cars telling us how to hang 10 on the perfect green wave.