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Audi is moving ahead with networked traffic lights in Düsseldorf. After Ingolstadt, the city on the Rhine is the second in Europe in which Audi is introducing its Traffic Light Information service.
At the end of January, Audi drivers will see information from around 150 traffic lights in their cockpit, thus increasing their chance of catching a “green wave”. By early summer most of the intersections in Düsseldorf, approximately 450 out of a total of some 600 installations, will be networked. Vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) services like Audi Traffic Light Information increase efficiency, convenience and safety on the roads.


Audi Traffic Light Information consists of two functions: Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and Time-to-Green. GLOSA calculates the ideal speed for getting a “green wave”. For example, if the function indicates the applicable speed limit, the next traffic light will be reached at green. Drivers do not have to accelerate unnecessarily, they are not stressed, and they drive more safely. GLOSA can also suggest reducing speed gradually about 250 metres ahead of the traffic lights so that the driver and the cars behind reach the intersection when the lights turn to green. This reduces uneconomical stop-and-go traffic.
If stopping at a red light is unavoidable, a countdown displays the seconds remaining until the next green phase begins (Time-to-Green). Drivers can relax, take their foot off the gas pedal and save fuel. A number of studies conclude that drivers move through cities more efficiently thanks to networked traffic lights. In a pilot project, Audi was able to reduce fuel consumption by 15%.

“With Audi Traffic Light Information we wish to improve convenience for drivers, increase traffic safety and encourage an economical style of driving that looks ahead,” said Andre Hainzlmaier, Head of Development for Apps, Connected Services and Smart City at Audi. “To do this, we have to predict precisely how traffic lights will behave in the next two minutes. At the same time, exact forecasts are the biggest challenge. Most signals react variably to traffic volume and continuously adapt the intervals at which they switch between red and green.”

Audi and its project partner Traffic Technology Services (TTS) have developed a complex analytical algorithm that calculates exact predictions from three sources: from the control programme of the traffic signals; from the real-time data of the traffic computer, a combination of road-occupation cameras, detector strips in the road surface, data on approaching buses and trams, and buttons that pedestrians press; as well as from historical data. The forecast algorithm improves itself continuously and learns how, for example, the traffic volume changes in morning commuter traffic or at midday when children leave nurseries and schools.
The Audi fleet plays a decisive part in optimising the traffic light forecasts. “The cars send anonymised data when traffic lights are crossed to an Audi backend, which checks whether the actual crossings of traffic lights correspond to the forecast data. Only after this are the traffic lights cleared for the display in the car,” Hainzlmaier explained.
In future the cities, too, will receive useful information about their traffic light infrastructure. The data show, for example, whether cars stop unusually often at a particular intersection or whether the average waiting time is comparatively long. “We aggregate the recorded data into reports that we will make available to the city authorities. Traffic lights can then be given more efficient phasing and traffic will flow better.”
Audi Traffic Light Information premiered in 2016 in Las Vegas. Today this V2I service is available at more than 10,000 intersections in North America, including some 2,000 in Manhattan/New York City and more than 1,600 around the US capital Washington D.C. Audi is also the world’s first automotive manufacturer to network its series-production models with city traffic lights.
Audi Traffic Light Information operates in all Audi e-tron, A4, A6, A7, A8, Q3, Q7 and Q8 models that have been produced since mid-July 2019 (the 2020 model year). The pre-requisites are the Audi connect Navigation & Infotainment package and the optional camera-based traffic-sign recognition.
 

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On October 31, Berlin Brandenburg airport is scheduled to open. After years of delay, the airport hopes to be able to receive commercial passenger flights by this October.

The German capital’s new airport was supposed to open in November 2011, to help replace the city’s three airports: Schönefeld, Tegel, and Tempelhof. However, the opening date was delayed multiple times, due to issues with key systems such as the passenger information systems, fire suppression and more. This has left Berlin operating with two major airports, making traveling into and out of the city more difficult.

Seven days after Brandenburg Airport’s opening date, all flight operations will be transferred in to the new airport. Lufthansa’s last flight from Tegel will be flight LH1955 to Munich on November 7. The first Lufthansa departure from Brandenburg will be on November 8, flight LH173 to Frankfurt.

Lufthansa will be joined at Brandenburg Airport by its subsidiary airlines Austrian Airlines, SWISS and Brussels Airlines on November 8. Low-cost subsidiary Eurowings will begin operations to the new airport on November 4.

For Lufthansa group customers, there will also be a new Lufthansa lounge which will be located at Terminal 1, and will supposedly have good views of the Berlin skyline and the airport’s apron.
“We care about Berlin. No one else connects Berlin with the world as we do. Six Lufthansa Group airlines fly to the German capital – with up to 33,000 passengers a day. 270 destinations can be reached with only one transfer.” stated Lufthansa executive board member Harry Hoghmeister.

as an additional note, Austrian Airlines, SWISS Airlines have moved their operations to Berlin-Brandenburg airport as well.
 

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This follows the announcement on November 29 by the airport’s CEO Mr Engelbert Lütke Daldrup that the airport will finally open on October 31 2020.

the rail link will run from the Berlin-Brandenburg airport to Dresden, Hamburg and Rostock
 

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with the opening of the Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, Berlin will convert Tegel airport into a research & industrial park. Beuth University of Applied Sciences will move to Tegel, and it will bring 1,000 companies with 20,000 employees. It will be finished by spring 2021, and hopes to further the employee rate to 34,000.
 

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CEVA logistics win a 5 year contract with Airbus to manage spare parts and components to Germany, France, Spain and the U.K.
 
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