Connected Car: The OEMs at CES 2016
Moreover, Audi wants to improve the flow of traffic with car-to-X (infrastructure) technologies such as Audi’s ‘traffic-light information online.’ It shows the ideal speed for reaching the next traffic lights on green. In the near future, Audi’s goal is to conceive in collaboration with Somerville a central traffic management system. It will work through a smartphone app. Audi expects traffic flow speed improved by 20 to 50 percent through a reduction of tailbacks at intersections and the number of cars looking for a parking space. Twenty percent of the existing roads around Union Square could be made smaller or allocated to other forms of traffic such as bikes, pedestrians and public transit.
Gerhard Stanzl, head of Predevelopment, Car2x / BigData, AUDI AG, noted, “Traffic-light information online is just the first step on the road to the smart city. For many years Audi has been examining the optimization of traffic flow in cities. We are therefore working continuously on new car-to-infrastructure services in order to extend our portfolio further. On the basis of our fleet data and optimized communication between vehicles and infrastructure, in future cities, [we] will, for example, be able to control traffic-light phases and traffic management systems dynamically.”
Perhaps the most exciting feature of piloted parking systems is that garages for self-parking cars can be sited in less-attractive places. Users can then leave their cars in a central location. The cars would drive themselves on designated routes to a parking garage in a secondary location. Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone stated, “The car will always be part of our mobility. At the same time, due to congestion and parking problems, today, it shows us the limits to our mobility. With technologies from Audi we expect to be able to use the available urban space more efficiently. This enhances the quality of urban life.”