Kapsch unveils traffic light application in Vienna

Kapsch TrafficCom is launching an app to help cyclists and drivers navigate traffic in a more fuel-efficient way in the Austrian capital, Vienna.

Kapsch says the Grüne Welle Wien app shows how fast – within the permissible speed limit – the next traffic light can be reached green or how many seconds it will still be red.

If a traffic light is lit red, the company explains that road users can coast and still be in motion when the light turns green again, resulting in fewer starts and much better traffic flow.

In the case of cars, this should save up to 15% in fuel and emissions.

Steve Parsons, Sales Manager at Kapsch TrafficCom, says: “With Grüne Welle Wien, city traffic lights will intelligently communicate with road users. In order to avoid traffic jams, the next step will be to flexibly control the green phases at traffic lights according to the actual traffic volume. Stress and environmental pollution can thus be considerably reduced.

The app is launched as the first step in Traffic Management 2.0, a set of measures that Kapsch and Vienna are implementing regarding transport guidance. These include networked traffic lights that avoid traffic jams and turn green as trams approach, and an intelligent navigation system that anticipates critical traffic situations in real time.

In the long term, Traffic Management 2.0 should be available in vehicles so that Vienna can be prepared for autonomous vehicles.

“What looks a bit like science fiction today could be quite common for the foreseeable future, when all of this is made possible by the networked and intelligent traffic systems we are now putting in place in Vienna,” adds Parsons.

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