IT MAY seem like a scene from the perfect dream but Jaguar says its customers will only see green lights in the near future, thanks to new technology that can “talk” to traffic lights.
Its Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) vehicle-to-infrastructure system will improve traffic flow, Jaguar claims, by advising the driver on the speed at which they need to drive in order to avoid seeing red at the next light-controlled junction.
The company says that means drivers will spending less time stationary and fewer queues will form.
GLOSA is currently undergoing trials as part of a Government initiative into autonomous and connected car technologies. Widespread adoption would lead to more consistent traffic flow, which improves the air quality in towns and cities, it is claimed. It could also reduce instances of drivers speeding up to beat the light sequence.
Jaguar says it is also trialling other junction-related technologies, including an Intersection Collision Warning system that sounds an alert when it’s dangerous to pull out at a junction.
In addition, Jaguar’s parent company Jaguar Land Rover is working on other autonomous and connected car technologies. Its wacky “virtual eyes” system is designed to help pedestrians know when a self-driving car has spotted them waiting to cross the road, for example, while another system could allow Land Rover owners to drive their 4×4 remotely via their smartphones.