The Car and Truck Fleet and Leasing Management Magazine

Researchers Explore Use of Virtual Traffic Lights

January 19, 2015

Connected vehicle technology image courtesy of U.S. Department of Transportation.
Connected vehicle technology image courtesy of U.S. Department of Transportation.

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are exploring the use of connected vehicle technology to generate virtual traffic lights that reduce traffic congestion.

Such a virtual traffic signal, reflecting real-time traffic conditions, would be electronically displayed on a vehicle’s windshield as the driver approaches the intersection.

“When the driver is looking through the windshield, they’ll see that going straight is a green light and turning right is a red light,” explains Ozan Tonguz, an electrical and computer engineering professor at the university. “It’s a seamless process; the driver does not get involved in this decision making.”

The virtual traffic light would turn off once the driver passed through the intersection. A Carnegie Mellon University start-up known as Virtual Traffic Lights LLC is working on commercializing this patented technology for large-scale deployment in major cities around the world.

Virtual traffic lights have the potential to mitigate traffic congestion, reduce commute times, decrease the carbon footprint of vehicles, and lead to a greener environment, according to researchers.

To view a CNN video report on the project, click here.

Twitter Facebook Google+

Comments

Please note that comments may be moderated. 
Leave this field empty:
 
 

  1. 1. Marshall Weisberg [ January 25, 2015 @ 10:42PM ]

    No comment

 

Fleet Incentives

Determine the actual cost of owning and running a vehicle in your fleet. Compare vehicles by class and model.

FleetFAQ

Fleet Tracking And Telematics

Todd Ewing from Fleetmatics will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Fleet Management And Leasing

Merchants Experts will answer your questions and challenges

View All

 

Sponsored by

Sid Rose was the executive secretary of the American Automotive Leasing Association from 1964 to 1985.

Read more

Up Next

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher