The end of the red light? Dashboard ‘virtual traffic light’ that lets cars talk to each other could slash commute times by 60%

Abolishing traffic lights seems like a recipe for chaos – but researchers say that in fact, replacing them with a hi-tech solution could dramatically improve your commute.

Computer scientists at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a system that would replace conventional traffic lights with virtual ones – with stop and go signals appearing directly on the windshield or dashboard.

This allows each driver to get a ‘personalised’ light – and can slash time spent waiting at signals.

‘Drivers are ingrained to pay attention to the green, yellow, and dreaded red lights as they approach an intersection,’ said Virtual Traffic Lights (VTL), the firm researchers set up to commercialize the technology.