Spanish carmaker SEAT is developing a new technology that will allow cars to connect with traffic signals and their designated control centres, allowing drivers to anticipate traffic status. SEAT has partnered with the Spanish Traffic Authority, the Barcelona City Council and ETRA for this initiative.

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The newly developed system by SEAT will eventually send information directly to the vehicles on the road, with details such as the colour of the next traffic signal and what the colour of the signal will be by the time your vehicle reaches the traffic light at the current speed. This newly developed technology by SEAT will come in handy as if it is about to change to red, the drivers can begin to slow-down reaching the traffic light. The system will also alert drivers about any motorway incidents like road accidents.

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The workings of SEAT’s new technology system are as follows:

  • when the vehicle is approaching a traffic signal the driver gets an alert on the car’s display showing whether it will be red, green or yellow when it arrives.
  • The system tells you this by performing a calculation based on how far away the car is and the speed at which it’s travelling.
  • As a safety measure, the system only works when the car is within the speed limit and will stop sending alerts if the driver exceeds the limit.

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Commenting about this new innovation, Jordi Caus, the Head of Urban Mobility Concepts at SEAT said, “In this project, SEAT’s new connected cars receive real-time traffic information from the Traffic Authority’s central cloud, including information displayed on motorway panels or the traffic light status in cities.” The vehicles used for the pilot project was equipped with the technology to connects with its surroundings and receive information uploaded by the Traffic Authority to the cloud, which in turn enables the driver to anticipate what lies ahead in real-time. SEAT says that the new technology brings cars and infrastructure together via the cloud using cellular technology with latency times of 300 milliseconds.

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