Audi is beginning to roll out the first vehicle-to-infrastructure technology in production cars with a feature that will let certain 2017 models communicate with traffic lights and tell the driver when that dreaded red light will turn green.
This initial introduction is select and narrow in its capability. However, it shows where automakers—particularly Audi—are in the development of technology that will be needed before autonomous cars can become mainstream. The feature, called Traffic Light Information (TLI), will be available in select 2017 Audi A4, Q7 and all-road models that were made after June 1, 2016 and equipped with an Audi connect Prime subscription.
And at least initially, TLI will only be available on the streets of Las Vegas.