How to lower pollution with MVIS’s Auto Detect

It was reported recently that London reached its annual limit for air pollution just five days into the new year.

And with the RAC Foundation estimating more than 43 million drivers on the roads by 2034, it can only mean bigger traffic jams, longer journey times and even more air pollution.

So how can we prevent this?

Motorists themselves can adopt certain habits when driving to help reduce emissions, such as keeping the vehicle in tip-top shape, removing excess cargo and avoiding unnecessary idling. If you are going to be stopped for more than 10 seconds, it’s much more environment tally friendly to stop and restart your engine than to keep the vehicle running.

But what can we do to help reduce emissions in locations which we know will have a high volume of slow-moving traffic? Circumstances such as heavy road works, large sporting events or concerts can have a large amount of stop-start traffic, and so are in need of an effective solution to communicate with motorists to educate them on more environmentally friendly driving practices – the Auto Detect.

The Auto Detect is an innovative integrated solution available to hire from MVIS and combines variable message signs (VMS) with contactless sensor technology which can help make drivers more aware of their carbon footprint and drive more responsibly, therefore becoming more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.

The system pairs a series of VMS units with a master Intellicone Traffic Management Unit with a set of traffic lights. When the lights turn red, the VMS is wirelessly activated and instantly displays messages – pre-programmed by the user using our innovative Web Studio™ – to communicate with the stationary motorists. These messages can include facts about the levels of air pollution caused on UK roads as well as advice on how motorists can effectively lower their own emissions, such as turning off their engines when in stationary traffic queues.

If you would like to contact us regarding your road work project, please call 01629 580 570 or email