Audi Feature Tells You When Traffic Lights Will Turn Green

January 10, 2014


On display at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Audi is currently testing its new Smart City Traffic Light Assistance, a system that provides a countdown until the next stoplight on your route will turn green. Alternatively, treat yourself to a jetpack and forget about stoplights altogether.

...the Smart City Traffic Light Assistance system relies on local data sources about traffic light patterns and timing (beamed to your vehicle over Wi-Fi) instead of a camera scanning the horizon for upcoming stop lights.

Using this data, and the speed and heading of your vehicle, the system provides a countdown timer of when the next traffic light will change to green, letting you adjust your speed accordingly so you hopefully don't have to come to a full stop.

I mean sure, until you're relying on the system so heavily that you just assume the light is going to be green when it says so and go sailing through a red and get t-boned. You ever been t-boned before? Driving terrifies me. I haven't been in a car in over a week, you know why? "You lost your license again?" My car loves sidewalks for some reason.

Thanks to Dax, who sits at red lights watching as the other direction's light turns red then pretends to "blow" his light green. Kids eat that shit up (or at least I did).

  • "...letting you adjust your speed accordingly so you hopefully don't have to come to a full stop." So the world will be full of idiots, speeding to try and catch green lights. Genius!
    Thanks a lot, Audi, for making the world a safer place.

  • Vladeon

    Out of all the things they can add to a car, they have to add something that's potentially VERY dangerous. People are already predisposed to be lazy and relinquish their agency, so what do you think's going to happen here? People are going to trust the hell out of this thing and when they get into a head on collision, they'll say, "but the car told me too! it wasn't my fault." Or you'll see people driving 90 in a 25 in order to make that green light before it turns red. As someone who lives in a very large city, I see pedestrians every day walking around like zombies attached to their cell phones, crossing the street when it's not their turn. This would cause a ton of pedestrians to become roadkill.

  • nicholas

    Videos game is fun it just you have to have that boring Internet. Are you tired of that I wish you dont have to have Internet or access

  • Totally bro, I feel the same way about dinosaurs!

  • The Magnificent Newtboy

    And the licensing fees, don't get me started!

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Now I'll never need to look up at the road again.

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