Car company offering red light-reading vehicles in Las Vegas

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  • A line of Audi A4 cars are parked before a demonstration of Audi's vehicle-to-infrastructure technology Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The technology allows vehicles to "read" red lights ahead and tell the driver how long it'll be before the signal turns green. For the driver, the system puts a traffic signal icon on the dashboard telling how many seconds the light will remain red. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    A line of Audi A4 cars are parked before a demonstration of Audi's vehicle-to-infrastructure technology Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The technology allows vehicles to "read" red lights ahead and tell the driver how long it'll be before the ... signal turns green. For the driver, the system puts a traffic signal icon on the dashboard telling how many seconds the light will remain red. (AP Photo/John Locher) (The Associated Press)

  • The dashboard of an Audi A4 is seen during a demonstration of Audi's vehicle-to-infrastructure technology Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The technology allows vehicles to "read" red lights ahead and tell the driver how long it'll be before the signal turns green. For the driver, the system puts a traffic signal icon on the dashboard telling how many seconds the light will remain red. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    The dashboard of an Audi A4 is seen during a demonstration of Audi's vehicle-to-infrastructure technology Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. The technology allows vehicles to "read" red lights ahead and tell the driver how long it'll be before the ... signal turns green. For the driver, the system puts a traffic signal icon on the dashboard telling how many seconds the light will remain red. (AP Photo/John Locher) (The Associated Press)

  • Screens show the feeds from traffic cameras at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada's FAST traffic management center, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. Audi debuted a technology in Las Vegas that uses 4G LTE cellular communication between a vehicle and a centralized traffic management control network to "read" red lights ahead and tell the driver how long it'll be before the signal turns green. (AP Photo/John Locher)

    Screens show the feeds from traffic cameras at the Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada's FAST traffic management center, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, in Las Vegas. Audi debuted a technology in Las Vegas that uses 4G LTE cellular ... communication between a vehicle and a centralized traffic management control network to "read" red lights ahead and tell the driver how long it'll be before the signal turns green. (AP Photo/John Locher) (The Associated Press)

Maybe getting stuck at a traffic signal might not be so bad, if you know how long the wait will be.

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That's what vehicle manufacturer Audi is hoping, with the debut this week in Las Vegas of a first-in-the-nation commercial system that lets moving vehicles "read" traffic signals ahead and tell the driver how long it'll take for a red light to turn green.

The driver sees a dashboard traffic signal icon and a timer next to the vehicle speed display.

Audi and Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada officials said Tuesday the vehicle-to-infrastructure system was unveiled in Las Vegas because it has a centralized traffic management center.

But company executive Pom Malhotra (mahl-OH'-tra) says Audi hopes to roll out the system soon in other big cities.