Upon investigating this technology, Ford noticed that there were benefits for the everyday user as well. Using the Escape’s onboard communication units and rapid control prototyping hardware, the car can receive the timing data of the lights, meaning it can adjust its speed via the adaptive cruise control, within legal limits, so that it optimizes the number of green lights it can catch. This will be sure to reduce congestion on the road.
If a light is red, the Escape lowers its speed well ahead of time and begins to accelerate once the green light shows again. This is opposed to rushing towards the red light, coming to a stop, and then taking off again. If the car is unable to avoid the red light, it will slow down as efficiently as possible to lower the amount of time it spends just standing still.