Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University claim they can cut urban commute times up to 40 percent using virtual traffic lights instead of physical traffic lights.
The connected technology appears on a vehicle dashboard and indicates which direction they can travel to catch a green light - and the visual indicators disappear after the vehicle goes through the intersection.
"With this technology, traffic lights will be created on demand when [two cars] are trying to cross this intersection, and they will be turned down as soon as we don't need it," said Ozan Tonguz, professor at Carnegie Mellon University. "It's almost like we are giving additional life to people. Life that is wasted on the road."
Along with cutting down commute times, using virtual traffic lights could help slash carbon emissions and lower traffic accidents.