Audi will be the first company to sync cars with traffic signals using cloud technology.
(CCM) — German carmaker Audi has plans to launch the first ever cars equipped with cloud technology that will synchronize its 2017 models with traffic lights. According to reports by Fortune, Audi of America will be including, what the car industry calls "vehicle-to-infrastructure technology," to select Q7 and A4 models built after June 1, 2016. Also known as "V-to-I" technology, the new feature will allow traffic lights and other infrastructure to wirelessly communicate safety and other important data to vehicles using the cloud. Audi's system will display a countdown on a driver's dashboard, either when a red light is about to turn green or when a light is about to turn red, reducing the anxiety involved in potentially misjudging how much time is left before needing to accelerate or to brake.
The hope is that this technology can, one day, be put to use to relieve road congestion and the number and severity of car accidents. However, Audi's primary goal is to improve its consumers' experience inside of its cars. "This is designed not as a safety feature but a comfort and convenience feature," said Pom Malhotra, General Manager of Audi’s Connected Vehicles Division. The line of vehicles will be launched in five to seven cities in the United States, but the company has yet to specify in which regions or cities the public can expect to see them on the road.
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