Traffic lights are a nuisance to most drivers and an Oregeon-based startup called Connected Signals has taken notice of this and teamed up with BMW prior to developing EnLighten, an app that has the technology to tell how long a light will take to turn from red to green. Using a smartphone's GPS to establish the location of a light, the app can then determine how long the light will take to change.

Perhaps you are wondering what use does this have? Well being able to predict how much time you have to wait at a light will allow drivers to know how long they have to reply to text messages or make a phone call. Future BMWs will adopt this technology and incorporate the countdown app into the console display enabling quick access at the touch of a button.