Lest you think this red-light counter will help you game the system, Audi’s Malhotra cautioned otherwise. “A few things were implemented that we think of as safeguards,” he said. Notably, the countdown will disappear several seconds before the light changes, theoretically forcing you to stop texting or chatting with passengers to look at the light yourself.
Audi promised that Traffic light information would be the first of many V2I features coming to its cars. The company wouldn’t commit to what the next one would be, but Malhotra suggested a few possibilities: using traffic data to make Audi’s stop-start system smarter, for instance, or to suggest the best speed to hit the most green lights. Tell us in the comments if there’s a V2I feature you’d love to see.
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