Jaguar Land Rover is trialling new technology which can help drivers avoid getting stuck at traffic junctions. JLR is coming up with the tech in a bid to decrease congestion on urban roads and reduce emissions.

The Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) technology formulates and relays to the driver the required speed to avoid getting stuck at traffic lights. GLOSA is based on the vehicle-to-infrastructure tech that connects cars to traffic lights. A Jaguar F-Pace is currently being used as a testbed for GLOSA. The technology is part of a larger autonomous and connected driving project named Autodrive of which JLR is a partner along with other automakers like Ford.

A basic explanation of how Intersection Collision Warning functions. This system will work with GLOSA to decrease urban congestion and bring down local emissions.

JLR is aiming to bring GLOSA to production cars within the next three to five years. A spokesman told Autocar: “From a technical point of view, we’re ready but the infrastructure required is not.” JLR is not the first firm to publicly declare that it is using this technology. Ford announced that it was trialling GLOSA as part of the same Autodrive project on a Mondeo hybrid in 2016. Volvo has also announced it is working on this technology, but hasn’t disclosed its road-testing exercises.

JLR says the traffic light detection system is intended to cut down the time commuters spend in traffic. It is one of multiple technologies the carmaker is currently testing to achieve this goal. Intersection Collision Warning, for instance, alerts drivers when it is unsafe to move forward at junctions.

Oriol Quintana-Morales, connected technology engineer at JLR said, “This cutting-edge technology will radically reduce the time we waste at traffic lights.  It has the potential to revolutionise driving by creating safe, free-flowing cities that take the stress out of commuting.”