One day, motorists everywhere may drive vehicles that communicate intelligently with intersections and each other.
German automaker BMW is big on driving joy — but they’re also keenly aware that there’s no joy in gridlock. With the goal of increasing owner enjoyment and decreasing fuel consumption, a special team within the company is exploring the possibility of making vehicles, roads and intersections work more closely with one another.
The traffic lights in most major cities are old, outdated and totally close-minded when it comes to changing behaviour to optimize traffic flow.
Modern, intelligent intersections do exist today — although they’re relatively rare. With little more than a few software tweaks to the program controlling five intersections on one ‘test’ street, BMW was able to cut travel time significantly by reducing frequent and wasteful stops.
The result? Considerably lower travel time and a big reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.