Audi owners could soon get the jump on traffic lights, thanks to new technology built into the German car maker’s 2017 models.
Many cities have networked their traffic systems, making the data open and available to anyone. It’s like how any smartphone apps can grab transit data and give real-time public transport schedules.
In cities that do, the Audi can “talk” to the traffic lights and give the driver a countdown to a green light, displayed on the instrument panel.
Audi can sell the green-light countdown as a convenience feature for its customers. A driver could read the news or eat breakfast, all with the tranquility of knowing exactly when the light will change.