In 2016, Audi launched its Traffic Light Information system in Las Vegas, which allowed its cars to communicate with traffic lights, via V2I (Vehicle to Infrastructure) technology. With this TLI system, Audis were able to know when traffic lights were going to change and would display a countdown on the Virtual Cockpit instrument panel. No more awkward yellow lights for those Audi drivers. Now, though, Audi is expanding its TLI system to more US cities.
Now, Audi’s TLI technology is available in Phoenix, Arizona and Kansas City, Kansas. That is on top of already being available in Las Vegas, Dallas and Houston, Texas; Palo Alto and Arcadia, California; Portland, Oregon; Denver, Colorado and Washington, D.C.
“Audi continues to be an industry leader in connectivity and mobility solutions,” said Scott Keogh, president, Audi of America. “Not only do V2I technologies like Traffic Light Information help to reduce driver stress, they are also essential infrastructure developments as we continue toward an automated future.”
With TLI, the Audi understands what the traffic lights are doing and when they’re doing it. So when the light is red and the car is stopped, it will show a countdown to when the light turns green. That countdown is displayed in the Virtual Cockpit and the Head Up Display. This reduces stress while sitting at red lights, especially when in a rush. Have you ever been late to something and it seems like you’re sitting at a red light forever? Well knowing that it’s only a minute or so and seeing it visually will help reduce that stress.
Personally, I would love to have this feature in my car. If I were in the market for a car in that price point, such a technology could sway my decision between an Audi and one of its premium competitors.