Automakers Working to Improve MPG Through Traffic Signals

BMW and Audi are studying ways to improve fuel efficiency using strategies that outside of the vehicle.
June 7, 2010, 11am PDT | Tim Halbur
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BMW has reported great success in improving traffic flow by adjusting the timing of traffic lights, and Audi is working on a concept they call "travolution."

From Audi's press release: The "travolution project is a concept for a dialogue between cars and traffic signals. It reduces the amount of time spent at a standstill or accelerating, and in this way cuts the vehicles' fuel consumption."

Bengt Halvorson at The Car Connection reports on BMW's activities:

"Through a test course in Munich, vehicles were able to post phenomenal fuel-efficiency gains simply by adjusting the timing of traffic lights depending on traffic volume-to whatever speed provides a so-called 'green wave' of four or more synchronized signals."

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Published on Wednesday, June 2, 2010 in The Car Connection
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