Audi’s Traffic Light Information (TLI) system expands to Washington, DC

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Audi introduces Light Information system to Washington, DC

A few years ago, Audi announced a new system called “Traffic Light Information” based on V21 technology, which allows cars to ‘connect’ with the city.

Something amazing if you ask me. Audi vehicles receive real-time information about the infrastructures of some cities trough 4G LTE connections. It enables the user to know the moment when traffic lights will change in order to reduce car accidents.

Traffic Light Information, an Audi connect PRIME feature available on select Audi models, enables the car to communicate with the infrastructure in certain cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S. See how this technology works to tell a driver how many seconds until a red light will turn green. In the future, Traffic Light Information services could also help reduce congestion and enhance mobility on crowded roadways.

Source: Audi USA

In the future, as Audi works to bring TLI to more metropolitan areas, the system could work in harmony with car’s stop/start system and so reduce emissions. What is more, it could help control speed as the driver approaches a red light and suggest navigation routes based on traffic signals.

There are already other six cities in the United States taking advantage of the “Traffic Light Information” System that establishes communication between the traffic lights and the vehicle.

In 2016 the company premiered the system in Las Vegas and since then, they have been expanding it to other cities such as Dallas, Denver, Houston and Palo Alto. Now it has finally arrived to Washington, DC, the US capital (via TheVerge).

V2I tech in newer Audis also works in six other US cities.

More than 1,600 intersections in the United States already support this kind of technologies. I hope in a near future we can expand it to make our cities even safer.

Just imagine your car not only knows when the traffic lights will change, but also which streets are safer to go or extrapolate the data of applications like WAZE for safer drives.

We have the first step to accomplish a “connected city”. Just hope we don’t have a WatchDogs future were hackers can control our entire city.

TLI System could be used by manufacturers to plan better routes or even to bring a better acceleration rhythm that leads to greater efficiency in fuel consumption. And for those outside of the areas in which this technology operates, Audi has not forgotten us.

In the near future, Audi vehicles will be able to pay tolls on the fly.

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12 thoughts on “Audi’s Traffic Light Information (TLI) system expands to Washington, DC

  • March 17, 2018 at 12:49 am

    I absolutely love Audis! They have been putting some serious brain power behind their new cars! Kudos to them! I’m happy when I have power windows, I can’t imagine having a “smart car” that has a hook up to the traffic lights!!! Awesome!

  • March 22, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Just saying I love that dashboard! Apparently, it shows the street signs that you’ve passed on the screen. Mind blown!

  • March 27, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    awesome! Boy I hope all this wireless talking is secured!

  • April 10, 2018 at 6:29 am

    Nice. I like the Audi myself. Very nice to ride in.

  • April 22, 2018 at 4:21 am

    Looks pretty cool

  • April 24, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    I can’t wait to be in a car that has this much tech built in as a standard feature. Most of the accidents and traffic jams could be eliminated!

  • May 19, 2018 at 9:46 am

    Awesome. I like it.

  • May 26, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    Great idea, but all manufacturers will need to be on board, otherwise the benefits won’t be seen.

  • May 30, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    All well and good to put traffic info up on your dash which will work fine for alert and ready drivers.
    The problem is that far too many drivers are being distracted by many different things, that I sit behind drivers that do not notice when the lights change green.
    This distraction was going on before mobile/cell phones were introduced and has only gotten worse over time.
    At least once every few days I find myself having to use my horn to “wake up drivers who have not moved after the lights change green.
    Rarer, but still happening, I even see drivers stop at green lights.
    We need to improve drive skills and awareness with more than electronic aides – actual improvements in learners training (defensive and advanced driving courses), better re-education for offenders, and most of all, a life ban for repeat offenders.
    Make people realize that a car is as lethal as a gun and the same level of responsibility needs to be taken – thus similar penalties need to be enforced on bad drivers!

  • February 13, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    Truly an awesome Information System.


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