Tech demo: Audi’s Traffic Light Info communication system [Video]

Some Audi drivers may soon be able to tell when a traffic light is about to change.

Audi is piloting its Traffic Light Info detection system in Las Vegas on its A4 sedan, which can give drivers knowledge of when traffic lights will change.

The idea behind the new system is to enhance the driving experience by letting drivers know how much time they have to change the radio station or do other minor things before the light changes.

TFL’s Roman Mica had the chance to test drive the Audi A4 in the streets in Las Vegas with the new traffic light detection system. An Audi representative was with him and walked him through how the display works and how the system adjusts itself.

2017 audi a4 traffic light communication

When a driver has the traffic light detection system on the main screen, it will display a traffic light with a counter. The counter tells a driver how long it has until the light turns green.

If the navigation screen is on, the detection system with the counter is toward the bottom of the screen.

Although the idea is to tell a driver how much time they have before the light turns green, Audi is hoping that the system will evolve and be used in other ways such as with traffic flow. If a driver knows a light stays red for a certain time, they may opt for a different route to improve their drive time.

Why does Roman like the traffic signal detection? What feature did he like the best? Find out by watching the complete TFL video above.

Aimee Inama
Aimee has more than 20 years of experience as a professional writer, 10 as a reporter for a daily newspaper. She also has more than five years of experience writing about transportation issues. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her husband and five dogs.