2008 Audi Travolution Project review and pictures

Posted on Friday, 1 August 2008 , 08:08:35 byVeronica

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Audi Travolution Project

After two years of research, the team in charge of the Travolution project has developed a concept to improve traffic infrastructure. The total investments reach 1.2 million EUR. The Travolution system is being used at 46 traffic lights in the municipal area of Ingolstadt. Software optimizes the entire network of traffic lights in this process, reducing the duration of stopping times for cars, braking and down-shifting which affects fuel efficiency. There is also an additional part of the project called The Informed Drive. For this, three traffic lights have been equipped with communication modules that send the time for the next green-light phase to the on-board computer of the car. The project blazes the trail for innovative traffic management of a magnitude unique in Germany. Audi offered an Audi A5 and an A6 Avant available as test vehicles for the project. Drivers find out the speed they should travel at through the Audi MMI infotainment system, in order to drive through the intersection without having to stop. The success of the test shows that Audi recognized early on what is needed to deal with developments in traffic. The project optimizes the flow of traffic, which will later lead to lower fuel consumption and offers relief to local residents. The carmaker combined the competencies of their technical development staff and their venture partners in order to improve the infrastructure in the city. There are a lot of follow-on projects that have as base the Travolution that are to be initiated. We have to admit that up-to-the-minute traffic information for the city will keep drivers better informed. The new approaches to modeling and optimization in the network-wide control of traffic lights, together with communication between traffic lights and intelligent cars, exploits a potential for improving traffic flows that has previously gone untapped. The research project has been initiated in order to promote traffic-adaptive network control in the urban infrastructure of the future.