I don't want to be able to time lights. I want traffic lights to go away. I want cars that can either drive themselves and time their interactions with other cars or assist the driver with maneuvering between cars at an intersection.
And rather than stopping at a stop sign or a traffic signal, you can just zip through the intersection, barely having to slow down.
Right, so I already heard the comment, I couldn't imagine sitting in one of these cars. You're not in the driver's seat with your hands on the steering wheel. You're in the backseat reading the newspaper
It's a win-win-win-win situation. The public wins - not wasting time driving, safer, faster. The city wins - less accidents, less time off work due to accidents, hospital visits, less money spent on infrastructure like overpasses. Those savings will make up for the lost revenue from red light cameras. Oil companies win - due to Jevons paradox there will be more gas consumed. Car manufacturers wins - they sell more cars with this feature. The selling feature is they reduce travel time, which is kind of what they've always tried to sell with bigger engines and higher top speeds. This will actually deliver reduced driving time.