It's a smooth ride: Uber driver passes 236 consecutive green lights in New York

The Uber app logo displayed on a mobile telephone.
The Uber app logo displayed on a mobile telephone. PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW YORK - An Uber driver in New York City has reportedly achieved a feat that would leave some green with envy.

Mr Noah Forman was a happy man on Dec 3, as he sailed through 236 traffic lights without seeing red at all.

According to CNN, his interest in beating the traffic system began two years ago, after watching a video of someone else hitting 55 consecutive green lights, and feeling he could do even better.

"After a few years of driving, you notice a pattern," he told CNN.

Mr Forman, who had been driving a Yellow Cab since 2005, first entered the limelight in 2014 after he posted a Youtube video of himself hitting over 100 consecutive green lights.

He continued to break his own record after he switched to ride-share companies like Uber.

"You just make sure to go at a steady pace and time it so you don't have to stop," he told CNN. "At the right time, the lights switch right after one another."

His next target is 500 green lights in a row.

Mr Forman, however,emphasised the need to abide by the law. Speeding would only further mess up the flow of traffic, he said.

"Even as the systems change, everything evolves and eventually flows," he said.

According to CNN, the New York City Department of Transportation said they can neither confirm nor deny Mr Forman's feat.