After self-driving cars, this may look like a small thing but it is first of its kind in the industry. We are talking about the latest and the first vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) service in new Audi cars. Audi recently announced the service called Traffic Light Information in the US. The facility will give you information about city traffic lights on your car dashboard.
Audi has partnered with Traffic Technology Services (TTS) for this first V2I technology. The feature integrated with the car system can receive real-time information from TTS servers and traffic light infrastructure across the city.
It can tell the drivers about how much they have to wait on a particular red light and upcoming red lights on their route. Announcing the feature, Pom Malhotra, General Manager, Connected Vehicles said,
This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration.In the future we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start / stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.
The company is planning to bring more features and integrate it with the navigation system of cars. This could tell you the optimal speed at which you must commute for least number of stoppage or can suggest alternative routes. It will also connect with city traffic infrastructure for better traffic management and reduced congestion.
However, the feature will come only with the subscription of Audi Connect Prime. So, you will have to shell out $199 for 6 months or $750 for 30 months to avail this feature.
Notably, the technology is not exactly new as many third party apps already offer similar service. For instance, an app called EnLighten gives audio alerts when traffic lights are about to change.
However, it is the first time that a car manufacturer has officially tied with city infrastructure to give an inbuilt feature in the vehicle. Moreover, since, it connects directly to traffic servers, you can expect it to be more accurate than an app.
Initially, the V2I feature will come in few selected models of Audi scheduled in 2017. These include Audi Q7, A4, and A4 Allroad models. It will be available in few major metropolises in the US in the beginning.