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Economic advantages

How do traffic lights in a city lead to economic advantages? Well – green waves save time, green waves save fuel, green waves save costs for infrastructure.

1. Intelligent traffic control saves fuel

All car manufacturers work on efficient and environmentally friendly car concepts – like hybrid and electric engines. However, potential for saving fuel is not only a question of engine technology, but also a question of traffic control. Most fuel is wasted in traffic jams. In urban traffic, every stop and start of the car waste fuel. Intelligent green waves, like in TRAVOLUTION, make traffic more fluent and therefore reduce fuel consumption. Car2Infrastructure systems recommend the driver an optimal driving speed, so that useless stops at red lights can be reduced. 

Projected to one year, 700.000 liters of fuel are saved in Ingolstadt. At an average price for fuel in Germany of 1.30 Euros per liter, this means saving of more than 900.000 Euros.

2. Green waves save time

In traffic jams, drivers do not only waste fuel, but as well their time. If you sum up all the waiting times at red lights for all inhabitants of a large city, a huge amount of time passes by without being used productively. Traffic-adaptive network control reduces these waiting times by 21% average. All road users gain time, which can be used better and more productively.

3. Network control pays off  

Many urban traffic networks are overloaded. Building new roads and lanes is one way to create larger capacities. Yet it is much cheaper and quicker to optimize the existing infrastructure. The economic benefits of network control like in Ingolstadt exceed the necessary investments already after one year.