The EnLighten app was created by the company Connected Signals and runs through BMW’s iDrive infotainment system making BMW the first auto maker to integrate an app that predicts the status of traffic lights.
Available for iOS, the app shows the status of the nearest traffic signal ahead on the iDrive screen in the car, along with a countdown that shows when the signal will change. It also gives audio alerts to inform the driver when the light they’re approaching is about to change.
At intersections where there are dedicated traffic signals for turns, the activation of the vehicle’s turn indicator tells the app of the driver’s intention to turn so that only the status of the relevant signal is displayed.
In order for the EnLighten app to work it requires a city to have an integrated network of smart traffic signals.
The EnLighten app integration will work in any BMW equipped with the BMW Apps option with the app running on a connected Apple iPhone.
The EnLighten traffic app also works on smartphones and allows for choosing the sound such as train whistle, jazz, strum, whistling, whoosh, zing or a simple bell.