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Can Audi’s new traffic light feature alleviate LA traffic?




A traffic light controls the flow of vehicles and pedestrians near downtown Chicago, Illinois.
A traffic light controls the flow of vehicles and pedestrians near downtown Chicago, Illinois.
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In a step toward creating a more connected city and helping drivers achieve a more relaxed and efficient commute, Audi will begin equipping select 2017 vehicles with a new traffic light information feature.

Vehicles in select cities will collaborate with city infrastructure, such as traffic light systems, to predict the time remaining until the signal changes to green. Angelenos will have to wait about two more years for the feature to work in Los Angeles because there are so many different light management providers, according to Pom Malhotra, Audi’s director of connected vehicles.

The German automaker sees this new technology as a stepping stone toward connecting vehicles to infrastructure in the future to create a safer, more efficient commute.

Are you looking forward to this new technology?

Guests:

Pom Malhotra, Director of Connected Vehicles, Audi

Juan Matute, Associate Director, Research and Administration, UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies