I think most drivers try to time their traffic light approaches. You know, there’s a red light off in the distance so you keep it at a slow speed and try to anticipate it just right so you don’t have to stop. I’m pretty good at it. But if Audi’s new Travolution becomes mainstream in the US, you may never have to anticipate a green light again.
The Travolution system establishes a connection between a red light and a vehicle, so when the car with the system installed moves toward a red light set up with the system, special communications modules let the car know when the light will turn green. Here comes the cool part, the car then lets the driver know what speed he should maintain in order to pass through the intersection without having to brake for the light. Yeah, not only does it tell you when the light will turn, it calculates that time and distance into the appropriate speed.
Some people are probably saying “That’s for lazy people, it doesn’t have any real use.” Well, screw you… and you’re wrong. A system like that can streamline traffic flow, which would increasing gas mileage and reduce emissions.
A network of 46 of these intelligent traffic lights have been installed in the city of Ingolstadt, Germany. Audi is going to test out the system there. So if you live in Ingolstadt, follow the Audi in front of you to work.