The BMW Group has just announced that it has become the first manufacturer to integrate the EnLighten App by ‘Connected Signals’ into a car, which would allow drivers of BMW Vehicles with iOS Devices to see traffic signal data on the vehicle’s display in real time. For those who aren’t aware, the EnLighten app makes driving in cities easier by helping the driver anticipate traffic signal changes, which can increase safety and help save fuel by avoiding unnecessary acceleration.
Using the EnLighten app, users can view the current status of the traffic light in front of the car in real time as well as a countdown to when the signal will change. Based on the current vehicle position, as well as its speed, the EnLighten app offers a recommendation about whether or not to stop for the traffic light or proceed through. An audio alert notifies the driver about a pending change in the signal they are approaching.
“The EnLighten app integration will work in any BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option with the app running on a connected Apple iPhone. Beginning today, when the EnLighten App is downloaded from the Apple AppStore , it will be compatible with any BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option.
In order for the EnLighten app to work it requires a city to have an integrated network of smart traffic signals. Supported cities currently are Portland and Eugene, OR and Salt Lake City, UT offering more than 2000 traffic lights. More cities will follow”.
The app has been specially certified by the BMW Group for safe in-car use, and can be downloaded for iOS devices from the App Store for free.