Ford is trialling its green light optimal speed advisory system on public roads and closed circuits in Milton Keynes and Coventry in the UK over the next two years. This technology uses information on traffic light timings from a roadside unit to display to the driver the best speed to travel at to get a green light.
This will also help to demonstrate the benefits of connected car technology being developed under the UK Autodrive self-driving and connected car trial. The public-funded £20m (US$24.4m) project will focus on the development of vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle‑to‑infrastructure technologies.
“There’s not much worse after a long day than to hit one red light after another on the drive home, and be forced to stop and start again at every junction,” said Christian Ress, supervisor, Driver Assist Technologies, Ford Research and Advanced Engineering.
“Enabling drivers to ‘ride the green wave’ also means a smoother, continuous journey that helps to improve the flow of traffic and provide significant reductions in carbon dioxide emissions and fuel consumption.”
October 26, 2016