Sideways and Smokin'- Capturing the M3/4 with the BMW GoPro Integration

by Bernie McGroarty on August 27, 2014, 10:34 am
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The BMW GoPro integration is designed specifically to reduce driver distraction and enhance the capabilities for which "The Ultimate Driving Machine®" and GoPro, one of the world's most versatile cameras, are famous. In addition to aiming the camera using BMW's large central screen, users may quickly choose between six pre-set camera modes: Leisure Drive Facing Out, Night Driving, Sport Drive Facing Out, Drive Camera Facing In, Winding Road Time-lapse, and Straight Road Time-lapse. The camera's RECORD function may be started and stopped by the driver at will, and vital camera status indicators are displayed, including recording elapsed time, battery life, and Wi-Fi signal strength. The user may also toggle the camera's SLEEP mode to prolong battery life between shots.

"Working with GoPro to design this integration was remarkable," said Phil Johnston, Head of BMW Group AppCenter USA. "'Creative' and 'insightful' just begin to describe the experience. GoPro is a natural fit for BMW enthusiast drivers. The power and flexibility of the BMW Group App Integration Platform coupled with GoPro's advanced camera technology brings new, safe, and engaging experiences to the enthusiasts that were previously not possible. When the camera is connected to the car, it allows GoPro's app to present context-appropriate presets that allow the enthusiast to capture the perfect shot."

How it works
First, the user's BMW or MINI vehicle must be equipped with the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, respectively. Next, the user's Wi-Fi-equipped GoPro camera (HERO3+ and later) communicates with the GoPro App installed on the driver's iPhone 4 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 or MINI Connected menu, which is displayed on the large, trans-reflective central screen.

The BMW Group Technology Office and GoPro designed the on-board operating menu to streamline the camera's operation and take full advantage of the integrated environment. Menu choices appear to the left of the screen, and the camera's actual field of view is displayed in near real-time while the vehicle is stationary.

Check out the BMW GoPro integration in action with the BMW M3, M4 and some tire smoke.



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4 responses to Sideways and Smokin'- Capturing the M3/4 with the BMW GoPro Integration

droidfan commented:
August 27, 2014, 11:10 am

Very nice!
Travel4Surf commented:
September 1, 2014, 10:58 pm

It is kinda ridiculous that you can't record with any of the already six built-in BMW cameras!

So you have to add CAM #7 as a GoPRO to record?
GrussGott commented:
September 2, 2014, 12:04 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Travel4Surf View Post
It is kinda ridiculous that you can't record with any of the already six built-in BMW cameras!

So you have to add CAM #7 as a GoPRO to record?
buy a mobius cam for $80 - same quality for way lower cost.
CMann commented:
September 4, 2014, 6:01 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Travel4Surf View Post
It is kinda ridiculous that you can't record with any of the already six built-in BMW cameras!

So you have to add CAM #7 as a GoPRO to record?
Surely someone somewhere has found a way round this?!