A automobile producer has trialled know-how the place its automobiles speak to visitors lights so the motive force is aware of when they’re about to vary color.
The brand new SEAT Leon was linked to Barcelona’s visitors gentle infrastructure to have a look at methods of enhancing highway security, visitors circulate and environmental effectivity.
When the Leon approached a visitors gentle, an alert appeared on the display screen saying whether or not will probably be crimson, inexperienced or yellow by the point the automobile arrives.
It calculated how far the automobile was from the lights and the velocity it was travelling after real-time visitors knowledge was despatched to a ‘cloud’ sharing knowledge with the Leon’s infotainment.
The method – which takes simply 300 milliseconds – is called V2I, or ‘Car to Infrastructure’, the place linked vehicles can work together by way of an web connection or wi-fi native space community.
It offers an enchanting perception into how linked vehicles in Britain might finally talk with visitors lights and management centres.
The Highways Company has beforehand mentioned that ‘co-operative clever transport programs’ (C-ITS) will play an necessary function in the way forward for Britain’s highway infrastructure.
Information might be exchanged between linked automobiles, management centres, infrastructure, private units, and cloud-based storage.
It’s hoped the information sharing will enhance visitors circulate, enhance gasoline effectivity and result in elevated security, whereas additionally enabling authorities to broadcast messages to a linked automobile at any level within the highway.
Jordi Caus, head of City Mobility Ideas at SEAT, mentioned: “Queuing at visitors lights is usually a irritating course of and it all the time appears like a ‘win’ once you handle to time your driving completely for when the lights go inexperienced.
“With this venture we’re taking a primary step to attach vehicles with general visitors infrastructure.
“SEAT’s new linked vehicles obtain real-time visitors info from the Site visitors Authority’s central cloud, together with info displayed on motorway panels or the visitors gentle standing in cities.
“The visitors gentle sends a sign to the Site visitors Authority’s cloud about its present standing and when it’ll change.
“It improves security by offering superior details about visitors lights turning crimson relying in your velocity and due to this fact avoids abrupt braking.
“This trial showcases how SEAT is taking a look at methods to make use of know-how and knowledge over human instinct to enhance visitors circulate, highway security and gasoline effectivity.”
The characteristic solely labored when the automobile was not exceeding the velocity restrict and may allow motorists to drive extra easily.
SEAT, which collaborated with the Spanish Site visitors Authority, the Barcelona Metropolis Council and ETRA on the venture, has simply formally unveiled the brand new Leon which is stuffed with ‘linked’ know-how.
The automobile producer has invested virtually £1 billion creating the tech-filled household hatchback, becoming it with a central 10″ infotainment display screen, which incorporates gesture recognition the place sure features might be activated utilizing small finger actions on display screen.
It additionally has a built-in eSIM which permits the eCall service to straight contacts the emergency companies within the occasion of a automobile accident.