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Traffic light detection systems in vehicles

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22/01/2016

As we live in an increasingly interconnected environment, full of applications for everything and traffic is something that occupies much of our lives, dynamic traffic information, available parking or the state of the traffic lights will be very present in our driving

For example, BMW is developing an application called EnLighten with which we can receive information on the status of the traffic lights along our route. With access to the traffic light data of the city included in the app and using GPS tracking, the application will measure the time when the next traffic lights will be green or red and their current status. This information is displayed on the dashboard screen in a clear, precise and very graphic form.

This application is now available for free for iOS and we will access it through the system of "infotainment" that the German brand uses in their vehicles. The problem is that, as it uses the information provided by traffic management systems, it can only be used at the moment in the U.S. cities of Portland and Eugene, Oregon, and Salt Lake City.

Knowing when the next light will be green or red helps us drive more efficiently and, above all, more safely. But this safety not only affects drivers of cars that have this application installed, it will also improve the safety of other road users if EnLighten becomes part of the standard equipment for cars.

Traffic lights are a key piece in the puzzle of roads; they impose order in the interaction between pedestrians and vehicles. The more information we have, the more we can anticipate situations and, in the end, if we all respect their indications, we will contribute to safety on the street, especially in relation to pedestrians.

But we must not rely only on the traffic lights or on what an application tell us. Awareness and respect for pedestrians must come from both the applications and the drivers. To improve awareness of the importance of being a good pedestrian Safe Kids Worldwide , in collaboration with FedEx, has been organizing the Walk to School Day with children from 10,000 schools around the world since 1999.

22/01/2016

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