For many a driver, the least favourite colour in the road would be red, courtesy the traffic signals. It stops you,bores you, frustrates you and boy it annoys the hell out of you. Studies show that 63% of car drivers cite traffic as their source of stress.

No, this article doesn’t have anything for cheating the traffic signals. But soon enough, you could chat with one nearby. It will tell you the speed at which you have to drive to avoid getting the red, warn you about cars at junctions and notify any ambulances or fire engines on your way!

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Yes, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), the British icon has been testing their new driver assist system in one of their cars. The system communicates with the nearby traffic lights and prescribes a speed for you so that the signals light up green all along the way!

On the streets of London, a handsome Jaguar F-Pace glides smoothly across the traffic signals in a relaxed manner. Equipped with V2X (Vehicle to Infrastructure) technology this car is packed with a whole lot of tech tricks to make city driving a walk in the park!

List of assist systems in the experimental F-Pace :

  • GLOSA (Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory) system to notify the driving speed that will clear up the signals.
  • ICW (Intersection Collision Warning) to notify vehicles coming up around the intersection.
  • Emergency vehicle warning- to alert ambulances, fire trucks coming in your way.
  • Parking space detection.

….. and the list goes on.

Whew! This system has a lot of potential to make city driving completely stress free. Jaguar says that there will be a marked reduction in intra city travel times when this tech comes onto the streets.  Also an added bonus is the reduced pollution levels by eliminating hard acceleration and braking while racing the signals.

Regarding this 20 million quid project, Oriol Quintana-Morales, JLR Connected Technology Research Engineer says, “Our research is motivated by the chance to make future journeys as comfortable and stress-free as possible for all our customers”.

Finally, imagine taking out your car and without stomping on the brakes or accelerator, you glide smoothly to your office porch in 10 minutes. Well, wait for a couple of years and this could become a reality. So let’s hope for that kind of a stress free driving experience!

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