Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: BMW USA | posted April 19, 2016 09:47
Update gives user full GoPro functionality from inside the cabin
If quicker lap times isn’t enough to give you motivation to go harder and faster on the next lap, this new update that is set to be available for download by mid-2016 will give BMW M owners an on-track visual of how much better they can attack that hairpin the next go-around.
BMW and GoPro has just announced that the BMW M Laptimer app will, via an update, be able to fully control your mounted GoPro camera on an iPhone 4s or higher using BMW’s iDrive controller and its high-resolution monitor.
Each time BMW M drivers start and stop the Laptimer app, they also automatically start and stop the mounted GoPro camera’s recording of the drive.
Aside from the high-resolution video stored in the GoPro, a low-res version is automatically saved on the iPhone for playback next to the map view of the BMW M Laptimer app.
"The BMW M Laptimer and GoPro integrations have both proven to be incredibly popular with driving enthusiasts. From the time that we launched the first in-car integration for a GoPro camera, bringing that integration together with the BMW M Laptimer seemed like the natural way to really enhance the track driving experience. This allows us to provide BMW drivers the ability to safely capture and share their track experience," said Christian Schmid, senior development engineer at the BMW Group Technology Office USA.
After the update, the M Laptimer app in the iDrive system will now appear with a GoPro tab on the menu that gives the driver full GoPro functionality including information such as name of the connected camera, live preview image, WiFi signal strength and battery charge level plus a virtual power button so that the camera can be remotely powered down.
"The GoPro and BMW collaboration set a new standard in the category when it launched in 2014. Since then, BMW has continued to innovate, demonstrating a passion for creating a cutting-edge user experience to enable drivers to capture and share their driving experience," said Adam Silver, GoPro director of strategic product partnerships.
The BMW M Laptimer app, which records track data such as top speed, number of laps, best lap time and ambient temperature using the vehicle's on-board network and a GPS receiver, also proves graphic displays of throttle, speed, brake input, steering angle, engine RPM, fuel level, and G-force.
This Laptimer app and GoPro integration only works with WiFi capable GoPro cameras (Hero3 or later). Six pre-set camera mode will be made available: Leisure Drive Facing Out, Night Driving, Sport Drive Facing Out, Drive Camera Facing In, Winding Road Time-lapse, and Straight Road Time-lapse.