A Paradigm Shift in Traffic Management
Imagine vehicles communicating among themselves using vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) technology when approaching an intersection. Via this communication, vehicles can elect a “leader” that will temporarily serve as the manager of that intersection and decide which direction has the right-of-way (or a green light) and which direction has the red light. The patented leader election algorithm is invented by Virtual Traffic Lights (VTL), LLC. Through this approach, the need for infrastructure-based traffic lights is completely eliminated since vehicles can manage the flow of traffic by themselves via V2V communications.
Virtual Traffic Lights
From major intersections to back roads, traffic signals are everywhere. Drivers are ingrained to pay attention to the green, yellow, and dreaded red lights as they approach an intersection. But what if cars could talk to each other, and manage traffic without infrastructure based traffic lights? Virtual Traffic Lights is doing just that. Through connected vehicle technology, virtual traffic lights will appear on the driver’s windshield as they approach an 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. It’s a seamless process, the driver does not get involved in this decision making. The virtual traffic light will turn off once the driver proceeds through the intersection.
Virtual Traffic Lights, LLC is working on commercializing this patented technology for large-scale deployment in major cities around the world. Virtual Traffic Lights will do more than lower commuter’s stress levels. They’ll mitigate traffic congestion, reduce commute times, decrease the carbon footprint of vehicles, and lead to a greener environment. It is estimated that this technology could reduce urban commute time by 40%. We are giving additional life to people, life that is wasted on the road.