Audi becomes the first automaker to debut a vehicle to infrastructure technology that you can buy today with its new Traffic Light Information system.

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TLI, for short, is enabled by a partnership between Audi and the Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Southern Nevada, the first partnership of its kind.

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RTC shares real time traffic light timing information with Audi's which then beams the data into supported vehicles via the Audi Connect service already present.

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In the car, the data manifests as a timer displayed in the Virtual Cockpit digital instrument cluster that countdowns the time until the light turns green.

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Armed with this information, drivers can make better decisions about how to approach traffic lights and what to do with their attention while waiting to move again.

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Knowing that I had up to two minutes to wait allowed me to take my eyes off of the red light for moment and relax just a bit.

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When Virtual Cockpit's display is showcasing other information, such as navigation maps, the Traffic Light timer gets pushed down into the lower right corner.

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On vehicles with a head-up display, the TLI timer can also be projected onto the windshield.

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Traffic Light Information is currently available on the 2017 Audi A4 and Q7 models. However, it only works in the Southern Nevada region serviced by RTC.

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