UK Car Brand To Eliminate Waiting At Red Lights

Mon 19th Nov 2018

British car brand Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) is trialling a new technology which allows vehicles to talk to traffic lights and cut out the waiting at red lights.

The new Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) system will work in tandem with Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) technology to advise your car as to the best speed to travel at to avoid red lights. The new system is said to improve congestion and will also reduce emissions from accelerating cars or harsh braking.

The trial by JLR is taking part of the £20 million government funded UK Autodrive project, which is helping speed up the introduction of self-driving and connected technology.

“This cutting-edge technology will radically reduce the time we waste at traffic lights,” said JLR’s Connected Technology Research Engineer, Oriol Quintana-Morales. “It has the potential to revolutionise driving by creating safe, free-flowing cities that take the stress out of commuting. Our research is motivated by the chance to make future journeys as comfortable and stress-free as possible for all our customers.”

Jaguar’s F-PACE is being used to trial the technology, a car which already boasts a sophisticated Advanced Driver Assistance.

The world’s very first traffic lights were installed exactly 150 years ago outside the Houses of Parliament and have been controlling traffic flows around the world ever since. It is hoped the development of the V2X technology will make for free-flowing cities.