Some 2017 Audi Models Will Be Able to Talk to Traffic Lights

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Audi has announced its first vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) system that is heading to select 2017 models.

Developed in conjunction with Traffic Technology Services (TTS), Audi of America is launching the first V2I technology called Traffic Light Information, and it will be available on select 2017 Audi A4, A4 Allroad and Q7 models starting this fall. It will be an Audi Connect Prime feature and will enable the car to communicate with the infrastructure in select cities and metropolitan areas across the U.S.

The technology allows the car to receive real-time signal information from the advanced traffic management system that monitors traffic lights. The link between vehicle and infrastructure is routed through the on-board LTE data connection and Traffic Technology Services, Inc. servers.

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The system aims to give the driver more information while they’re waiting at traffic lights. For example, if a driver is stopped at a connected traffic light, the driver information system in the instrument, as well as the head-up display if there is one, will show the time remaining until the signal turns green.

“This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration,” said Pom Malhotra, general manager, Connected Vehicles. “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.”

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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