Technology to Change the Way We Spend Our Time in Traffic

Technology to Change the Way We Spend Our Time in Traffic

Technology to Change the Way We Spend Our Time in Traffic

Being stuck in traffic is a pain for any driver, whether you’ve got to be somewhere important or you just want to get home after a long day at work. Fortunately, the motoring world appears to share this concern, as evident by the technology that is being designed and launched, to try and combat moments of gridlock on the nation’s roads.

Cars communicating with traffic lights

Technology to Change the Way We Spend Our Time in Traffic lights

‘Smart’ traffic lights will ease congestion and reduce crashes

German car manufacturer Audi are trying to find new ways that will help vehicles communicate with traffic lights. Drivers will then be told when a traffic light is about to change – it will be named ‘vehicle to infrastructure’. It will also act as a means of warning motorists if they won’t have enough time to make it through the lights before they turn red. This technology will also make use of the cloud to send safety information and other operational data wirelessly from vehicles to traffic lights. Audi hopes that its concept will help to ease congestion as well as bring down the amount of crashes witnessed on roads.

General Manager of the Connected Vehicles division at Audi, responded: “This feature represents Audi’s first step in vehicle-to-infrastructure integration. In the future, we could envision this technology integrated into vehicle navigation, start/stop functionality and can even be used to help improve traffic flow in municipalities. These improvements could lead to better overall efficiency and shorter commuting times.”

You’ll be updated by bus

If you are a driver that uses the 344 route, from Clapham Junction to Liverpool Street in the capital, you will be the first to be updated by bus. Transport for London (TfL) are setting this up for a six-month trial. Meaning those that use this route will see digital information boards being installed into the back windows of the bus. With the help of GPS technology accurate and live traffic information, taken straight from TfL’s 24-hour traffic control centre will be displayed.

“This innovative use of one of the capital’s most iconic features – the London bus – will help all road users.” – Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operation Officer for Surface Transport at TfL.

If the route that has been planned becomes a success, there are already new routes in mind to expand this technology into. Plans are in place to expand it onto the 415 route that travels from Tulse Hill to Liverpool Street and possibly the whole of London.Cities becoming smartA collaboration between NXP and Siemens will help launch the era of connected vehicles on the roads by 2020, but cities will have to implement the appropriate technology.


The chips that will help make this a reality will be designed by NPX – they will also add a smart infrastructure. Siemens will overlook the project. The following could soon be possible for vehicles and roads:

• The ability for traffic lights to turn green when roads are particularly busy.
•The chance for drivers to be instantly warned about any traffic jams on the road that they are travelling along.
• The opportunity for real-time information about general travel conditions to be communicated straight to vehicles and their drivers.
• The capability for drivers to be informed about any pedestrian crossings, stretches of road with lower speed limits or emergency vehicles that are nearby, via a hi-tech dashboard.

Technology to Change the Way We Spend Our Time in Traffic road

Speed limnits on smart motorways will change depending on the amount of traffic

Motorways are becoming smarter

Technology is already being used to help traffic flow more easily on the motorways. The traffic information that is displayed on motorways currently is controlled by the regional traffic control centre. Look out for the following next time you’re on a motorway:

1. A lane that has a red ‘X’ in the electronic signs that hangs over it shouldn’t be driven along.
2. The hard shoulder — indicated by a solid white line — shouldn’t be driven along unless otherwise directed to do so.
3. The smart motorway’s current speed limit will be indicated by gantries and should be kept to. The speed limit will change depending on the amount of traffic.
4. Refuge areas should be used for emergencies at times when drivers can travel along the hard shoulder.

In the UK, there are a few motorways that are currently using smart technology – more motorways have plans to become smart in the future.
• M4
• M5
• M25
• M42

Used van specialist, Van Monster, who are based in Bridlington, have analysed some of the most eye-catching developments that are either with us now or are coming in the future. Are you excited for the big changes coming to our roads?


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