Car company offering red light-reading vehicles in Las Vegas

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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.