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Old 03-11-2014, 04:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Audi's traffic light dash display

I watched the video and this is awesome! If only there were a way to create one of these on my POS civic

https://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motora...0299.html?vp=1

What do you guys think of the system and what the difficulties would be to bring these into real world applications?

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Old 03-11-2014, 08:20 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I just wish the idiot traffic light programmers here would time them so I don't have to stop. One car off the Interstate, light changes a second after they reach the line and 15cars have to slam on their brakes at 55 MPH.

Of course it's at the bottom of the #$%^&* hill so I loose about 2 MPG average in a 40 mile run, versus coasting down the hill and a third of the way back uphill.

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Be interesting if that feature alone sells cars.
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I just wish the idiot traffic light programmers here would time them so I don't have to stop. One car off the Interstate, light changes a second after they reach the line and 15cars have to slam on their brakes at 55 MPH.

Of course it's at the bottom of the #$%^&* hill so I loose about 2 MPG average in a 40 mile run, versus coasting down the hill and a third of the way back uphill.

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Ever take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and drive up 13 or 113? There are towns that have the lights timed so you hit on red, then the next one turns red right before you get to it.

It is so annoying, since I accelerate from 0-45, then stop. Then 0-45, then stop. 0-55, then stop. It really upsets me!
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why not just paint a line on the pavement. Before this line if the light turns yellow you wont make it. After this line you are golden.
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Ever take the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and drive up 13 or 113? There are towns that have the lights timed so you hit on red, then the next one turns red right before you get to it.

It is so annoying, since I accelerate from 0-45, then stop. Then 0-45, then stop. 0-55, then stop. It really upsets me!
They are all speed traps. The jerks even put the speed limit signs behind a shrub or tree so you will miss them and get a ticket for 10 + over. I always make sure someone is passing me on 13 or I just go below the limit.

Last exit before the Bay Bridge Tunnel, turn right on Shore drive. The first street (with another traffic light) on the left is named after my grandfather (father"s side).

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I find a lot of lights like that in Richmond too and most are on major roads. It seems they purposely want to build up traffic vs have one continious stream.
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why not just paint a line on the pavement. Before this line if the light turns yellow you wont make it. After this line you are golden.
It's a good idea, but the traffic law is written in a way that makes it unnecessary. Traffic law says that a driver must come to a stop when the light turns yellow if it is safe to do so. Drivers have just the opposite mentality, instead trying to accelerate as long as they can get their whole car into the intersection by the time the light changes to red. Who knows if the line would cause drivers to choose to stop more often, or to accelerate.

Beyond the safety aspect, the tech outlined in the article says that a driver would know at what speed to drive to time the lights all green. This would save fuel and wear and tear on the vehicle.

I'm looking forward to the tech of the future. It will be very nice to one day have cars that drive themselves. It will free up the time that would otherwise be mostly unproductive, and make transportation safer and more convenient.
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I stop for yeller lights and I get a lot of fingers, F-Us and horn honking from behind me.

In the case with quick lights that trap you between them the best you can do is drive slower so by time you get to the next light its cycled red and back to green. In some cases Ive over done it and seen a light cycle from red to green and back by time I get to it. Yes, I can see lights a mile out.

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