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      07-27-2015, 12:41 PM   #1
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BMW Group Announces the First Integration of EnLighten App

Traffic City Info Makes Driving in Cities Easier than Ever

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 27, 2015... The BMW Group announced today that it is the first manufacturer to bring the EnLighten App, by Connected Signals, into the car. Drivers of BMW Vehicles with iOS Devices will be able to see traffic signal data on the vehicle’s display in real time. 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.

The EnLighten app shows 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.

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. Supported cities currently are Portland and Eugene, OR and Salt Lake City, UT offering more than 2000 traffic lights. More cities will follow.

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.

Information about Connected Signals can be found at www.connectedsignals.com.

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      07-27-2015, 01:00 PM   #2
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Fantastic! That would be quite useful
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Does it integrate into the HUD? Most likely not...

Edit: downloaded the app and will see if it works in my city. Fingers crossed!
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Fantastic!
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Is this just in the U.S. ?
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This is awesome. More cities need this.
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Interesting
Now I need it in south Florida!
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Who was asking for this? Can I get Waze instead? For a car company that sells itself as technology focused they can't get their electronics right.
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It would be nice if the navigation took the lights into account so you take the fastest route.
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Why do I get the feeling that someone is going to try to race around Manhattan again using this app...
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Why do I get the feeling that someone is going to try to race around Manhattan again using this app...
Haha, with this app BMW owners will fit the stereotype even more.
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Does it integrate into the HUD? Most likely not...
It would make the most sense for the info to be available in the HUD but it more than likely won't be. Might require a modular update or maybe even replacement to make it possible to work with it.
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This will help me practice my rolling pulls from 20mph-100mph thru local streets. Excellent. This app is going to cause more accidents than anything or cause more people to run over motorcycle riders like myself..

It would be more useful to have a true real time traffic alert instead of an alert once I'm already stuck it in it. Bc that's real useful.
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Guess we are lucky here in Ottawa as the cross walks show the time remaining on green lights. It is meant for pedestrians, but very handy for drivers as well. Not sure how much more useful the app would be.

They look like this:

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Guess we are lucky here in Ottawa as the cross walks show the time remaining on green lights. It is meant for pedestrians, but very handy for drivers as well. Not sure how much more useful the app would be.

They look like this:


most crosswalks have that...not just ottawa, lol. And yes, meant for pedestrians, hardly useful for drivers unless you're sitting at a red light attempting to get a jump start on the green which is about to turn.
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It is awesome for drivers! I can see the countdown as I approach an intersection to see how long before it changes to yellow.
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most crosswalks have that...not just ottawa, lol. And yes, meant for pedestrians, hardly useful for drivers unless you're sitting at a red light attempting to get a jump start on the green which is about to turn.
I use those all the time. if i see if flashing i know i need to either hit the gas or decide to brake depending on traffic in front of me.
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This is amazing. Off to the App Store I go! I love the extensibility of BMW Apps for future upgrades/innovations. Looking forward to smart signals in more major cities.
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Installed the app. Said it doesn't support my area yet?
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