Jaguar Land Rover is working on new technology that can help motorists avoid waiting for a long time at signals, reduce emissions and reduce traffic congestion.
The Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) technology advises drivers of the optimum speed to avoid getting stuck at traffic lights with the help of vehicle-to-infrastructure tech that connects cars to traffic lights.
Jaguar Land Rover is currently testing the technology on an F-Pace, and these tests are part of a larger autonomous and connected driving project, Autodrive, that Jaguar Land Rover is collaborating on with other automakers.
JLR expects to use the technology on production models within the next three to five years. According to the company, the technology is ready but the infrastructure needed for the technology to work is not.
The technology is likely to be employed first in the West Midlands area of England as it serves as a major hub for connected and autonomous vehicles in the UK (along with Milton Keynes). It is aso an area where 5G technology is currently being tested and this technology is needed for GLOSA to work.
Another company which is conducting tests of this technology is Ford which started testing GLOSA on a Mondeo hybrid in 2016. Volvo is also working on the development of GLOSA but there has so far been no news of Volvo testing GLOSA on public roads.
The traffic light detection system is meant to help commuters reduce the time they spend in traffic. Another technology Jaguar is working on is the Intersection Collision Warning which alerts drivers when it is unsafe to move forward at junctions.
Oriol Quintana-Morales, JLR connected technology engineer, said: “This cutting-edge technology will radically reduce the time we waste at traffic lights. It has the potential to revolutionise driving by creating safe, free-flowing cities that take the stress out of commuting.”
Hamid Moaref has always been fascinated by cars and the automotive industry. His family has a longstanding association with the industry and has been in the tire business for the past 35 years. Raised in Dubai, Hamid attended Capilano University in Vancouver where he graduated with a BBA in marketing before attending an intensive course in magazine publishing in 2005. He has been the publisher and chief editor of Tires & Parts magazine for the past ten years.
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