Users of the app will be able to control a GoPro camera using iOS devices and the iDrive controller and a high-resolution screen. The integration means that when drivers start and stop the BMW M Laptimer they also start and stop recording on a connected GoPro camera. Video is saved on the camera and a low-res version is also stored on the iOS device.
“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,” said Christian Schmid, senior development engineer at the BMW Group Technology Office USA, in a press release. “This allows us to provide BMW drivers the ability to safely capture and share their track experience.”
The connection is scheduled begin in the summer of 2016. That is when downloads and updates of the Laptimer will include the GoPro integration. According to BMW when you open the Laptimer app in the iDrive system “a GoPro tab will appear in the menu. Clicking on that tab will make specific GoPro functions available on the BMW iDrive screen:
- Name of the connected camera, to ensure the intended camera is being controlled.
- Live preview image, to adjust the angle of the controlled camera. (when parked)
- WiFi signal strength and battery charge level.
- Access to the camera power button in order to preserve the battery when not in use.”
The Laptimer app is intended for off-road use only. The app records data from BMW apps – including the vehicles on-board network and GPS receiver – to create track maps that include top speed, number of laps, best lap time and ambient temperature. Information is scored and displayed on a scorecard when the vehicle is not moving.
“The user’s vehicle must be equipped with BMW Apps. Next, the user’s Wi-Fi-equipped GoPro camera (HERO3 and later) communicates with the GoPro App installed on the driver’s iPhone 4S or later, which must be connected to the vehicle either through the iPhone USB cable or the BMW Accessory snap-in adaptor for iPhone. The driver will access the App through the BMW ConnectedDrive menu, which is displayed on the large, trans-reflective central screen (up to 10.2 inches, depending on model).”
Here is a look at how it works: